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choppy

[chop-ee] /ˈtʃɒp i/
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
1595-1605; chop2 + -y1
Related forms
choppily, adverb
choppiness, noun
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  • Too short pants cut the visual line in a choppy way that is not attractive.
  • She well described the plot and how she liked it without sounding simple or choppy.
  • E cut the motor and let the boat drift the last few feet toward shore, rocking slightly on the choppy water.
  • The editing is usually so choppy that you can't see the choreography, if there is any.
  • What may be crystal clear and comparable to the quality of the human eye to some, may be blurred and choppy to another.
  • Her trip by boat through choppy waters left her drenched.
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  • It was a bit choppy at times, but proved it could handle the traffic throughout the event.
  • It was better, he said, to be on a big ship when the waters got choppy.
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British Dictionary definitions for choppy

choppy

/ˈtʃɒpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
(of the sea, weather, etc) fairly rough
Derived Forms
choppily, adverb
choppiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for choppy
adj.

1830 (of seas), from chop (v.2) + -y (2). Earlier in this sense was chopping (1630s).

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