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chop suey

or chop sooy

[chop-soo-ee] /ˈtʃɒpˈsu i/
a Chinese-style American dish consisting of small pieces of meat, chicken, etc., cooked together with bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, or other vegetables and seasoning, in a gravy, often served with rice and soy sauce.
Origin of chop suey
dialectal Chinese
1885-90, Americanism; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) jaahp seui mixed bits, akin to Chinese zá suì Unabridged
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  • By night he vicariously operated a chop-suey palace on Seventh Avenue, where congregated the worst elements of the Tenderloin.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt Arthur Train
  • To make matters worse, she added explanatorily: Why, the girls say chop-suey is great!

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • It must taste like a mixture of Hungarian goulash and Chinese chop-suey!

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • Anyhow they'll tax every laundry and chop-suey palace from the Bronx to the Battery to pay us.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt Arthur Train
  • "chop-suey sundae," he announced, after a hasty glance at the printed menu.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
British Dictionary definitions for chop-suey

chop suey

a Chinese-style dish originating in the US, consisting of meat or chicken, bean sprouts, etc, stewed and served with rice
Word Origin
C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) tsap sui odds and ends
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Word Origin and History for chop-suey

chop suey


1885, American English, from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tsap sui "odds and ends, mixed bits."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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