Definition of chopstick in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɒpstɪk/


(usually chopsticks)
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Each of a pair of small, thin, tapered sticks of wood, ivory, or plastic, held together in one hand and used as eating utensils especially by the Chinese and the Japanese.
Example sentences
  • There are metal forks and spoons, melamine Chinese spoons and plastic chopsticks.
  • Japanese chopsticks are too thin and Chinese chopsticks are hardly shaped at all.
  • Also, never tap the bowls on the table with chopsticks as many Chinese believe only beggars do this.


Late 17th century: pidgin English, from chop 'quick' + stick1, translating Chinese dialect kuàizi, literally 'nimble ones'. Compare with chop-chop.

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