verb (chaps, chapping, chapped)[no object]
- 1(Of the skin) become cracked, rough, or sore, typically through exposure to cold weather: his skin is very dry and chaps easilyMore example sentences
- It's stopped my skin chapping when I used to go round lambing the ewes.
- It's essential to moisturize baby's delicate skin to protect it and prevent chapping, especially in cold, dry weather.
- The cosmetic industry employs glycerin in skin conditioning lotions to replace lost skin moisture, relieve chapping, and keep skin soft.
- 1.1 [with object] (usually as adjective chapped) (Of the wind or cold) cause (skin) to crack or become sore: chapped lipsMore example sentences
- Her lips were chapped from the wind and I thought her nose was too small.
- The infant who is drooling often has chapped skin around the mouth, on the chest, or on the hands.
- Wind buffeted her, chapping her lips and slowing her crawl.
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- A cracked or sore patch on the skin.More example sentences
- Our lips will be covered in chaps.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.
nounBritish • informal
- 1A man or a boy: he sounded like a nice, caring sort of chapMore example sentences
- Eventually, I talked to a chap who promised to sort things out and he asked me to fax the bill through.
- Maybe it is difficult to imagine these guys as nice chaps when your machismo immediately assumes they'll be natural born show-offs.
- I have one customer, a chap in his seventies, an ex-engineer who collects knives and swords; he owns more than 400 of them, all different.
- 1.1 • dated A friendly form of address between men and boys: best of luck, old chapMore example sentences
- ‘Don't expect much from her, chap,’ whispered John as they entered a new room.
- Pardon me, old chap, but aren't you getting just a bit ahead of yourself in rather an offensive manner?
- My dear old chap, I do believe you're right.
late 16th century (denoting a buyer or customer): abbreviation of chapman. The current sense dates from the early 18th century.
- The lower jaw or half of the cheek, especially that of a pig used as food.More example sentences
- They carry their meat in the storehouses of their own chaps or cheeks, taking it forth when they are hungry.
- Bath chaps are often eaten cold, making a tasty dish.
- Bath chaps can be sliced and eaten like ham.
mid 16th century: of unknown origin. Compare with chops.