Definition of choppy in English:



  • 1(of a sea, lake, or river) having many small waves.

    ‘sea conditions are often very choppy’
    ‘heavy, choppy seas’
    • ‘Search vessels and helicopters continued scouring the choppy seas despite fading hopes of finding the nine still missing from the boat.’
    • ‘The young actress was one of several crew members who found the choppy seas of the Caribbean a little unsettling.’
    • ‘A stubborn current began to muscle against the raft as 5-foot waves peeled off choppy waters.’
    • ‘The fishing is divided into Upper, Middle and Lower beats and offers a mixture of falls, deep holding pools and choppy fly-fishing streams.’
    • ‘The ride toward a fully connected community has been as choppy as Lake Michigan on a windy fall day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vu again shot away from the start, rowing more comfortably than his heavier rivals in the choppy water.’
    • ‘It doesn't look like it's too choppy right now, the waves don't look very big.’
    • ‘There aren't too many women who would brave the choppy waters of Lough Arrow and catch some of its famous trout.’
    • ‘I'm sitting behind Tommy and five other former whalers in a whale observation tent high above the choppy seas of Cook Strait.’
    • ‘The rough crossing in the cold and choppy waters from the U.K. to the shores of North America took 10 days.’
    • ‘The bad weather and choppy waves meant the ice was breaking up; the piece of ice they were on had broken away from the main body.’
    • ‘Modak said that a small quantity of the ship's oil had leaked but had been broken up and taken out to sea by yesterday's choppy swells.’
    • ‘Ahead of us, all I could see was a wide horizon with no end to the choppy seas.’
    • ‘He was still staring impassively out over the choppy, angry waters of Blackwood Lake.’
    • ‘I was interested in the geese feeding at the edge of a very choppy River Aire.’
    • ‘On our first morning in Havana, the ocean was still choppy from a storm the night before.’
    • ‘He joked about his unexpected arrival by car after choppy seas prevented a sea-borne landing.’
    • ‘If you imagine the ground as the surface of a sea, these waves range from ripples to choppy whitecaps to long, slow swells.’
    • ‘Our teacher was using the ocean as a simile for the mind: the ocean was rough and choppy on the surface, she said, but silent and still at its vast depths.’
    rough, full of waves, turbulent, heavy, heaving, storm-tossed, stormy, tempestuous, squally
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  • 2Having a disjointed or jerky quality.

    ‘the choppy, electronic beat of hip-hop’
    • ‘The story is divided into five parts that makes the writing choppy, uneven and confusing.’
    • ‘Her notes were bouncy and choppy and her audience was pressed for breath.’
    • ‘Our other issue with the preview version of the game was the choppy frame rate and uneven sense of speed.’
    • ‘Certainly, the choppy English should not reflect poorly on the quality of the information presented.’
    • ‘Their sensitive blips-and-bleeps, combined with choppy beats, gave them a texture similar to the Scottish duo, ‘Boards of Canada.’’
    bouncy, rough, uncomfortable, jolting, jolty, lurching, jerky, jumpy, jarring, bone-shaking, bone-breaking, jouncy, jouncing, turbulent
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  • 3Denoting or relating to a hairstyle in which layers and sections of hair are cut at different lengths.

    ‘a choppy bob’
    • ‘The crowd stood and cheered when the two appeared together, Romo sporting a choppy bob instead of her famous long locks.’
    • ‘Her hair has been cropped into a cute, choppy, shoulder-length haircut that seems to be particularly on-trend for spring.’
    • ‘Our jaws hit the floor when we first spotted Jennifer Lawrence's new choppy cut.’
    • ‘That beach breeze is doing wonders for her choppy blonde hair.’
    • ‘Queen of gamine style, Audrey Tautou's choppy pixie has been her mainstay for quite a while now.’
    • ‘Together they've made Julianne's choppy bob one of Hollywood's most copied cuts.’
    • ‘Her long locks have vanished and she's got a new choppy bob.’
    • ‘Mia's short cut and choppy fringe are more versatile than you think.’
    • ‘The choppy, shoulder-length cut with lots of layers is a really good look for spring.’
    • ‘The choppy, layered cut is used by hairdressers to make it seem as though their clients' hair is thicker than it really is.’


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘full of chaps or clefts’): from chop + -y.