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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 of choppy
1595-1605
1595-1605; chop2 + -y1
Related forms
choppily, adverb
choppiness, noun
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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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