One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbchaps, chapped, chapping[no object]
1(of the skin) become cracked, rough, or sore, typically through exposure to cold weather.
become raw, become sore, redden, become inflamed, chafe, crack, roughenView synonyms
- ‘It's essential to moisturize baby's delicate skin to protect it and prevent chapping, especially in cold, dry weather.’
- ‘People with eczema and allergies tend to have lips that chap easily.’
- ‘Dairy farmers learned long ago that the salves they used to prevent cows' udders from chapping also worked beautifully for their own hands.’
- ‘It's stopped my skin chapping when I used to go round lambing the ewes.’
- ‘The cosmetic industry employs glycerin in skin conditioning lotions to replace lost skin moisture, relieve chapping, and keep skin soft.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I need to apply lip moisturizers all day long to avoid chapping.’
- 1.1usually as adjective chappedwith object (of the wind or cold) cause (skin) to crack through exposure to cold weather.‘chapped lips’
- ‘The infant who is drooling often has chapped skin around the mouth, on the chest, or on the hands.’
- ‘With a labored breath, his pale, chapped lips mouthed her name.’
- ‘It was work that chapped my hands, taxed my muscles, and opened my naive eyes.’
- ‘My lips were chapped, so I ran my tongue over them quickly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Heaving a sigh, she pressed her slightly chapped lips together and began to read.’
- ‘My lips were slightly chapped, and there were circles under my eyes.’
- ‘My lips were chapped, so I dug into my backpack for some lip balm.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Winter air can chap the skin of children and adults, which can lead to winter itch.’
- ‘I only buy them to keep my lips from being chapped.’
- ‘Drinking more water has made a difference in my skin, and I no longer have chapped lips all the time.’
- ‘Her lips were chapped from the wind and I thought her nose was too small.’
- ‘Clinical manifestations are dryness of the mouth, lips and nose, dryness of the tongue, dry, rough and chapped skin, dry stool, etc.’
- ‘Thirty-eight testers on two coasts - armed with dry, chapped, rough skin - soaked, scrubbed, moisturized and massaged to find out what really works.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Apply petroleum jelly to dry and chapped skin near the nose.’
- ‘Wind buffeted her, chapping her lips and slowing her crawl.’
A cracked or sore patch on the skin.
- ‘Our lips will be covered in chaps.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
1A man or boy.
man, boy, male, individual, bodyView synonyms
- ‘Can you believe it, some chap with a beard stole my clothes at gunpoint?’
- ‘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 such a lovely, cheeky chap.’
- ‘The best male singer was a chap called Stanley who the audience showed wild appreciation for.’
- ‘‘He was, surprisingly, quite a quiet chap,’ recalls the Scot.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A cute picture of the kids tells a man's colleagues that he's a well-rounded chap who loves his family.’
- ‘Maybe it is difficult to imagine these guys as nice chaps when your machismo immediately assumes they'll be natural born show-offs.’
- ‘He was a laid-back and friendly chap who loved a beer and his sport.’
- ‘Eventually I received a tap on the shoulder by an official looking older chap who wanted to know why I was taking photos.’
- ‘Britain's most famous survival expert is clearly not the sort of chap to indulge himself with superfluous gadgets.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Eventually, I talked to a chap who promised to sort things out and he asked me to fax the bill through.’
- ‘He is a nervy, jumpy sort of a chap, who follows people with his eyes as they move about a room.’
- ‘"This chap came up and introduced himself as Jeff, " she said.’
- ‘This chap was going out with one of my best friends at university.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Just this morning we took delivery (from a very nice chap named Mike) of three vintage typewriters.’
- 1.1dated A friendly form of address between men or boys.‘best of luck, old chap’
- ‘My dear old chap, I do believe you're right.’
- ‘‘Don't expect much from her, chap,’ whispered John as they entered a new room.’
- ‘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!’
Late 16th century (denoting a buyer or customer): abbreviation of chapman. The current sense dates from the early 18th century.
nounPlural chapsusually 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.’
- ‘They carry their meat in the storehouses of their own chaps or cheeks, taking it forth when they are hungry.’
- ‘Bath chaps are often eaten cold, making a tasty dish.’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin. Compare with chops.
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