[chop-stik] /ˈtʃɒpˌstɪk/

one of a pair of thin, tapered sticks, often of wood or ivory, held in one hand between the thumb and fingers and used chiefly in China, Japan, and other Asian countries for lifting food to the mouth.

also chop-stick, 1690s, sailors’ partial translation of Chinese k’wai tse, variously given as “fast ones” or “nimble boys,” first element from pidgin English chop, from Cantonese kap “urgent.” Chopsticks, the two-fingered piano exercise, is first attested 1893, probably from the resemblance of the fingers to chopsticks.


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