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choppy

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɒpi
 
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Definition of choppy in English:

adjective (choppier, choppiest)

1(Of a sea, lake, or river) having many small waves: sea conditions are often very choppy heavy, choppy seas
More example sentences
  • Added to that, there's not much in the way of waves, either, which is just as well, as the last thing you need when you're trying to balance on a narrow board is a choppy sea.
  • I was interested in the geese feeding at the edge of a very choppy River Aire.
  • The fishing is divided into Upper, Middle and Lower beats and offers a mixture of falls, deep holding pools and choppy fly-fishing streams.
Synonyms
rough, full of waves, turbulent, heavy, heaving, storm-tossed, stormy, tempestuous, squally;
broken, ruffled, uneven
2Having a disjointed or jerky quality: the choppy, electronic beat of hip hop
More example sentences
  • Their sensitive blips-and-bleeps, combined with choppy beats, gave them a texture similar to the Scottish duo, ‘Boards of Canada.’
  • Her notes were bouncy and choppy and her audience was pressed for breath.
  • Certainly, the choppy English should not reflect poorly on the quality of the information presented.
3Denoting or relating to a hairstyle in which layers and sections of hair are cut at different lengths: a choppy bob
More example sentences
  • Our jaws hit the floor when we first spotted Jennifer Lawrence's new choppy cut.
  • The crowd stood and cheered when the two appeared together, Romo sporting a choppy bob instead of her famous long locks.
  • Mia's short cut and choppy fringe are more versatile than you think.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'full of chaps or clefts'): from chop1 + -y1.

Derivatives

choppily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The task was more difficult than she had thought it would be, and she was left with choppily, sloppily cut, chin-length hair, but it was worth it.
  • It's a choppily assembled picture to be sure, but never to the point of mindless, talentless incoherence.
  • As my pen flowed across the paper, my mind moved choppily from thought to thought, unsure and hesitant.

choppiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Despite impeccable production values and some impressive supporting performances, the film suffers from choppiness and a sense that too much is being crammed into the two-hour twenty-minute running time.
  • Otherwise, Charter's shares, which at $18.50 Thursday are slightly below their IPO price, may see further choppiness.
  • The choppiness and urgency of the footage gives you the sense you can almost feel the reporter's pulse and breath.

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