Main definitions of chap in English

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chap1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of the skin) become cracked, rough, or sore, typically through exposure to cold weather:

    ‘his skin is very dry and chaps easily’
    • ‘It's essential to moisturize baby's delicate skin to protect it and prevent chapping, especially in cold, dry weather.’
    • ‘A layer of sun-protective lip balm is all it takes to prevent chapping.’
    • ‘‘Prevent chapping by wearing hats, gloves, and scarves to cover your skin,’ Stone says.’
    • ‘People with eczema and allergies tend to have lips that chap easily.’
    • ‘The cosmetic industry employs glycerin in skin conditioning lotions to replace lost skin moisture, relieve chapping, and keep skin soft.’
    • ‘Dairy farmers learned long ago that the salves they used to prevent cows' udders from chapping also worked beautifully for their own hands.’
    • ‘I need to apply lip moisturizers all day long to avoid chapping.’
    • ‘It's stopped my skin chapping when I used to go round lambing the ewes.’
    become raw, become sore, redden, become inflamed, chafe, crack, roughen
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    1. 1.1usually as adjective chapped[with object] (of the wind or cold) cause (skin) to crack or become sore:
      ‘chapped lips’
      • ‘To be fully effective, it is necessary to use a moisturizer three or more times daily, in the same way that chapped hands in the winter need many treatments.’
      • ‘Drinking more water has made a difference in my skin, and I no longer have chapped lips all the time.’
      • ‘Tamora drew her cloak about her, appreciating the warm mantle with its fur lining, whilst the air chapped her lips and pinched her nose and cheeks.’
      • ‘My lips were chapped, so I dug into my backpack for some lip balm.’
      • ‘I only buy them to keep my lips from being chapped.’
      • ‘Thirty-eight testers on two coasts - armed with dry, chapped, rough skin - soaked, scrubbed, moisturized and massaged to find out what really works.’
      • ‘If your skin is windburned, sunburned or chapped, calm it with soap rich in soothing glycerin and aloe vera, and avoid bars with fragrances, which can further irritate the skin.’
      • ‘With a labored breath, his pale, chapped lips mouthed her name.’
      • ‘Heaving a sigh, she pressed her slightly chapped lips together and began to read.’
      • ‘Clinical manifestations are dryness of the mouth, lips and nose, dryness of the tongue, dry, rough and chapped skin, dry stool, etc.’
      • ‘Her lips were chapped from the wind and I thought her nose was too small.’
      • ‘Apply petroleum jelly to dry and chapped skin near the nose.’
      • ‘Winter air can chap the skin of children and adults, which can lead to winter itch.’
      • ‘Her lips and cheeks were chapped and red but her eyes gleamed.’
      • ‘To compensate for the weather which dries the skin and chaps the lips, there are goodies in the form of freshly grilled kebabs in the stalls around Russel Market and elsewhere.’
      • ‘It was work that chapped my hands, taxed my muscles, and opened my naive eyes.’
      • ‘Wind buffeted her, chapping her lips and slowing her crawl.’
      • ‘My lips were slightly chapped, and there were circles under my eyes.’
      • ‘My lips were chapped, so I ran my tongue over them quickly.’
      • ‘The infant who is drooling often has chapped skin around the mouth, on the chest, or on the hands.’

noun

  • A cracked or sore patch on the skin.

    • ‘Our lips will be covered in chaps.’

Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

chap

/tʃap/

Main definitions of chap in English

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chap2

noun

British
informal
  • 1A man or a boy:

    ‘he sounded like a nice, caring sort of chap’
    • ‘Just this morning we took delivery (from a very nice chap named Mike) of three vintage typewriters.’
    • ‘Maybe it is difficult to imagine these guys as nice chaps when your machismo immediately assumes they'll be natural born show-offs.’
    • ‘Eventually, I talked to a chap who promised to sort things out and he asked me to fax the bill through.’
    • ‘He was a laid-back and friendly chap who loved a beer and his sport.’
    • ‘I have one customer, a chap in his seventies, an ex-engineer who collects knives and swords; he owns more than 400 of them, all different.’
    • ‘This tall, dark and lithe chap hoovers up food and never gains an ounce, whilst I weep for my waistline.’
    • ‘He is described as a quiet man, and by one acquaintance as a ‘strange sort of chap.’’
    • ‘This chap was going out with one of my best friends at university.’
    • ‘A cute picture of the kids tells a man's colleagues that he's a well-rounded chap who loves his family.’
    • ‘After another twenty minutes on hold, I finally spoke to a friendly chap who told me they had six staff to take calls from their entire network of customers.’
    • ‘‘He was, surprisingly, quite a quiet chap,’ recalls the Scot.’
    • ‘"This chap came up and introduced himself as Jeff, " she said.’
    • ‘The best male singer was a chap called Stanley who the audience showed wild appreciation for.’
    • ‘Propped against the bar, to one side of my father stood his mate Barry - a jovial sort of chap, but full of blunt Yorkshire bluster and some cutting comments about my colourful shirt.’
    • ‘You hire a bouncer because you want to keep people out, whereas a restaurant is the sort of place where a chap wants to feel that they want him to come in.’
    • ‘He is a nervy, jumpy sort of a chap, who follows people with his eyes as they move about a room.’
    • ‘Can you believe it, some chap with a beard stole my clothes at gunpoint?’
    • ‘Britain's most famous survival expert is clearly not the sort of chap to indulge himself with superfluous gadgets.’
    • ‘Eventually I received a tap on the shoulder by an official looking older chap who wanted to know why I was taking photos.’
    • ‘He was such a lovely, cheeky chap.’
    man, boy, male, individual, body
    fellow, fella, geezer, punter, character, customer, sort, type
    bloke, guy, lad, bod
    dude, hombre
    cove
    wight
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    1. 1.1dated A friendly form of address between men and boys:
      ‘best of luck, old chap’
      • ‘‘Don't expect much from her, chap,’ whispered John as they entered a new room.’
      • ‘My dear old chap, I do believe you're right.’
      • ‘I say, old chap, you seem to have a bit of a problem in your news and current affairs departments.’
      • ‘Pardon me, old chap, but aren't you getting just a bit ahead of yourself in rather an offensive manner?’
      • ‘Bloody nice job old chap - I knew it would all work out!’

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a buyer or customer): abbreviation of chapman. The current sense dates from the early 18th century.

Pronunciation:

chap

/tʃap/

Main definitions of chap in English

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chap3

noun

usually chaps
  • The lower jaw or half of the cheek, especially that of a pig used as food.

    • ‘Bath chaps can be sliced and eaten like ham.’
    • ‘Bath chaps are often eaten cold, making a tasty dish.’
    • ‘They carry their meat in the storehouses of their own chaps or cheeks, taking it forth when they are hungry.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: of unknown origin. Compare with chops.

Pronunciation:

chap

/tʃap/