cut (something) into small pieces with repeated sharp blows using an ax or knife:they chopped up the pulpit for firewoodfinely chop the parsley
(chop something off) remove by cutting:they chopped off all her hair
cut through the base of (something, especially a tree) with blows from an ax or similar implement, in order to fell it:the boy chopped down eight trees [no object]:the men were chopping at the undergrowth with machetes
strike (a ball) with a short heavy blow, as if cutting at something.
(usually be chopped) abolish or reduce the size or extent of (something) in a way regarded as brutally sudden:their training courses are to be chopped
1a downward cutting blow or movement, typically with the hand:an effective chop to the back of the neck
2a thick slice of meat, especially pork or lamb, adjacent to, and typically including, a rib.
3North American crushed or ground grain used as animal feed.
4 [in singular] the broken motion of water, typically due to the action of the wind against the tide:we started our run into a two-foot chop
argue in a tiresomely pedantic way; quibble.
[mid 16th century: from a dialect use of chop meaning 'bandy words']