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chopper

[chop-er] /ˈtʃɒp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that chops.
2.
a short ax with a large blade, used for cutting up meat, fish, etc.; butcher's cleaver.
3.
a prehistoric implement made by striking flakes off one or both sides of a stone, considered the oldest known worked stone tool.
4.
choppers, Slang. the teeth.
5.
Informal. a helicopter.
6.
Slang. a motorcycle.
7.
a device for interrupting an electric current or a beam of light at regular intervals.
verb (used without object)
8.
Informal.
  1. to travel by helicopter:
    We choppered into midtown from the airport.
  2. to travel by motorcycle.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; 1950-55 for def 5; chop1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for choppers

chopper

/ˈtʃɒpə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a small hand axe
2.
a butcher's cleaver
3.
a person or thing that cuts or chops
4.
an informal name for a helicopter
5.
(mainly Brit) a slang name for penis
6.
a device for periodically interrupting an electric current or beam of radiation to produce a pulsed current or beam See also vibrator (sense 2)
7.
a type of bicycle or motorcycle with very high handlebars and an elongated saddle
8.
(NZ) a child's bicycle
9.
(obsolete, slang, mainly US) a sub-machine-gun
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Word Origin and History for choppers

chopper

n.

1550s, "one who chops," agent noun from chop (v.1). Meaning "meat cleaver" is by 1818. Meaning "helicopter" is from 1951, Korean War military slang (cf. egg-beater); as a type of stripped-down motorcycle (originally prefered by Hell's Angels) from 1965.

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choppers in Science
chopper
  (chŏp'ər)   
A crudely flaked, unifacial core tool, especially one associated with the Oldowan stone culture of the early Paleolithic Period.
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Slang definitions & phrases for choppers

choppers

noun

Teeth, esp false teeth (1930s+)


chopper

noun
  1. A submachine gun, esp a Thompson; tommy gun (1920s+)
  2. gangster who uses a submachine gun: Johnny Head had met the ''chopper'' (1920s+)
  3. A helicopter: the traffic reporter from the chopper (1950s+)
  4. A chopped car or motorcycle (1950s+ Hot rodders & motorcyclists)
Related Terms

pork-chopper


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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