CHOP-PIER

choppy

[chop-ee]
adjective, choppier, choppiest.
1.
(of the sea, a lake, etc.) forming short, irregular, broken waves.
2.
(of the wind) shifting or changing suddenly or irregularly; variable.
3.
uneven in style or quality or characterized by poorly related parts: The book was a choppy first novel.

Origin:
1595–1605; chop2 + -y1

choppily, adverb
choppiness, noun
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choppy (ˈtʃɒpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
(of the sea, weather, etc) fairly rough
 
'choppily
 
adv
 
'choppiness
 
n

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choppy
1867 (of seas), from chop (2). Earlier in this sense was chopping (1630s).
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