Word of the Day: chap

Word of the Day
April 18, 2016
chap (verb, noun)
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Chap is another word for "man" in UK English.
As a verb, chap means 'to crack and roughen the skin' or 'to become cracked and rough.' Weather conditions may also chap wood or the ground. As a noun, a chap is a crack in the skin or in other surface. In British English, a chap is an informal and now rather old-fashioned word for a man.


Example sentences
The wind chapped the skin on Tom's face.
Belinda's lips always chap in the winter.
I use lip balm because my lips are always chapped.
The fierce heat chapped the earth, leaving patches of the garden dry and cracked.
Marvin had a painful chap on the edge of his bottom lip.
I didn't like Jerry much when I first met him, but now I think he's a pretty decent chap.


Additional information
Chap is also an abbreviation for chapter.
Did you know?
Chaps (always plural) are a type of clothing worn by cowboys to protect their legs when they ride horses. They are usually made of leather or a similar material, and consist of wide leg pieces attached at the waist with a belt. They were first worn by Spanish horse riders in Mexico, and the name chaps is a short form of the Spanish chaparreras. Nowadays, many cowboys still wear chaps to protect their legs, and decorative chaps are also worn in some horse-riding competitions. In addition, other activities that require leg protection also require specially made chaps. 
Chap dates back to the late 13th or early 14th century and comes from the Middle English word chappen; it is a cognate with the Dutch word kappen, meaning 'to cut'.
Chap in other languages
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