to crack, roughen, and redden (the skin):
The windy, cold weather chapped her lips.
to cause (the ground, wood, etc.) to split, crack, or open in clefts:
The summer heat and drought chapped the riverbank.
to become chapped.
a fissure or crack, especially in the skin.
Scot. a knock; rap.
Informal. a fellow; man or boy.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a baby or young child.
British Dialect. a customer.
verb chaps, chapping, chapped
(of the skin) to make or become raw and cracked, esp by exposure to cold
(Scot) (of a clock) to strike (the hour)
(Scot) to knock (at a door, window, etc)
(usually pl) a cracked or sore patch on the skin caused by chapping
(Scot) a knock
(informal) a man or boy; fellow
a less common word for chop3
1570s, “customer,” short for obsolete chapman “purchaser, trader” (see cheap). Colloquial sense of “lad, fellow” is first attested 1716 (cf. slang tough customer).
“to crack,” mid-15c., chappen (intransitive) “to split, burst open;” “cause to crack” (transitive); perhaps a variant of choppen (see chop (v.), and cf. strap/strop), or related to Middle Dutch kappen “to chop, cut,” Danish kappe, Swedish kappa “to cut.” Related: Chapped; chapping. The noun meaning “fissure in the skin” is from late 14c.
A man; fellow; guy, joe •Predominantly British use: Which of you chaps is ready?/ This may amuse the chappies
[1700s+; fr a shortening of chapman, ”peddler; peddler’s customer,” hence analogous with customer in the same sense]
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British. a peddler. Archaic. a merchant. Frank Michler [mik-ler] /ˈmɪk lər/ (Show IPA), 1864–1945, U.S. ornithologist, museum curator, and author. George, 1559–1634, English poet, dramatist, and translator. John, Appleseed, Johnny. noun (pl) -men (archaic) a trader, esp an itinerant pedlar noun George 1559–1634, English dramatist and poet, noted for his translation of Homer n. “peddler, […]
chap2 (def 1). Also called James the Great. one of the 12 apostles, the son of Zebedee and brother of the apostle John. Matt. 4:21. the person identified in Gal. 1:19 as a brother of Jesus: probably the author of the Epistle of St. James. Also called James the Less. (“James the son of Alphaeus”) […]
a brand of medicated, often flavored petrolatum in a small tube, used as a salve for or protection against chapped lips.
a pair of joined leather leggings, often widely flared, worn over trousers, especially by cowboys, as protection against burs, rope burns, etc., while on horseback. to crack, roughen, and redden (the skin): The windy, cold weather chapped her lips. to cause (the ground, wood, etc.) to split, crack, or open in clefts: The summer heat […]