Meaning of “choppy” in the English Dictionary

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"choppy" in British English

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choppyadjective

uk /ˈtʃɒp.i/ us /ˈtʃɑː.pi/

(of sea, lakes, or rivers) with a lot of small, rough waves caused by the wind

(of a hairstyle) cut at different lengths:

Her hair was cut in a choppy bob.
choppy layers

Examples from literature

  • Most of the travellers seemed limp and exhausted, and were pale with the pallor that comes of a choppy Channel crossing. 
  • The boat was still moving with unabated speed, and the dark, choppy water stretched all round them. 
  • The sea being choppy, by this time the vessel echoed from end to end with groans and lamentations. 
  • The wind was quite high, which made the water choppy. 
  • We had a very choppy crossing, and you would most certainly have been sick had you been on board. 

(Definition of “choppy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"choppy" in American English

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choppyadjective

us /ˈtʃɑp·i/

(of the sea or other area of water) having lots of small waves caused by a strong wind

(Definition of “choppy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)