Definition of choppy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɒpi/

adjective (choppier, choppiest)

1(Of a sea, lake, or river) having many small waves: sea conditions are often very choppy heavy, choppy seas
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  • 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.
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
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  • 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
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  • 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.



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.


Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɒpɪnəs/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with choppy

copy, floppy, jalopy, moppy, poppy, sloppy, soppy, stroppy

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