chopstick
noun Etymology: Chinese Pidgin English chop fast + English stick Date: 1699 one of a pair of slender sticks held between thumb and fingers and used chiefly in Asian countries to lift food to the mouth

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • chopstick — 1690s, sailors partial translation of Chinese k wai tse 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • chopstick — ► NOUN ▪ each of a pair of small, thin, tapered sticks held in one hand and used as eating utensils by the Chinese and Japanese. ORIGIN pidgin English, from a Chinese dialect word meaning nimble ones …   English terms dictionary

  • chopstick — UK [ˈtʃɒpˌstɪk] / US [ˈtʃɑpˌstɪk] noun [countable] Word forms chopstick : singular chopstick plural chopsticks one of a pair of thin sticks held in one hand and used in East Asian cultures for eating food …   English dictionary

  • chopstick — chopsticks chop sticks (ch[o^]p st[i^]ks ), n. {chopstick} (ch[o^]p st[i^]k ), 1. a pair of slender sticks made of wood, ivory, plastic, etc., used chiefly by the Chinese and Japanese to lift food into the mouth while dining; also commonly used… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chopstick — [17] A chopstick is literally a ‘quick stick’. The element chop occurs more recognizably in chop chop ‘quickly’; it is a Pidgin English modification of Cantonese Chinese gap ‘urgent’. ‘Quick stick’ is a rather free translation of the Chinese term …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • chopstick — /ˈtʃɒpstɪk / (say chopstik) noun one of a pair of thin sticks, as of wood, ivory, or plastic, to raise food to the mouth; the traditional eating utensil of China, Japan, etc. {17th century; ? transferred sense of earlier chopstick a stick… …   Australian English dictionary

  • chopstick — [17] A chopstick is literally a ‘quick stick’. The element chop occurs more recognizably in chop chop ‘quickly’; it is a Pidgin English modification of Cantonese Chinese gap ‘urgent’. ‘Quick stick’ is a rather free translation of the Chinese term …   Word origins

  • chopstick — /chop stik /, n. 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. [1690 1700; Chin Pidgin… …   Universalium

  • chopstick — noun a) A (single) particular East Asian eating utensil, used in pairs and held in the hand, the utensil is a stick, usually made of wood, of approximately 23cm (chopstick10 ) in length. b) an Asian person See Also: chop chop, stick …   Wiktionary

  • chopstick — chop|stick [ˈtʃɔp stık US ˈtʃa:p ] n [C usually plural] [Date: 1600 1700; : Pidgin English; Origin: chop fast (from Cantonese kap) + English stick] one of the two thin sticks that you use to eat food in many countries in Asia …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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