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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Chap
  1. To cause to open in slits or chinks; to split; to cause the skin of to crack or become rough."Then would unbalanced heat licentious reign, Crack the dry hill, and chap the russet plain." [Blackmore.]"Nor winter's blast chap her fair face." [Lyly.]
  2. To strike; to beat.(Scot)

Etymology: See Chop to cut

verb Chap
  1. To crack or open in slits; as, the earth chaps; the hands chap .
  2. To strike; to knock; to rap.(Scot)
noun Chap
  1. A cleft, crack, or chink, as in the surface of the earth, or in the skin.
  2. A division; a breach, as in a party.(Obs)"Many clefts and chaps in our council board." [T. Fuller.]
  3. A blow; a rap.(Scot)

Etymology: From Chap v. t. & i.

noun Chap
  1. One of the jaws or the fleshy covering of a jaw; -- commonly in the plural, and used of animals, and colloquially of human beings."His chaps were all besmeared with crimson blood." [Cowley.]"He unseamed him [Macdonald] from the nave to the chaps." [Shak.]
  2. One of the jaws or cheeks of a vise, etc.

Etymology: OE. chaft; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel kjaptr jaw, Sw. Käft, D. kiæft; akin to G. kiefer, and E. jowl. Cf. Chops

noun Chap
  1. A buyer; a chapman.(Obs)"If you want to sell, here is your chap." [Steele.]
  2. A man or boy; a youth; a fellow.(Colloq)

Etymology: Perh. abbreviated fr. chapman, but used in a more general sense; or cf. Dan. kiæft jaw, person, E. chap jaw

verb Chap
To bargain; to buy.

Etymology: See Cheapen

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (usually in the plural) leather leggings without a seat; joined by a belt; often have flared outer flaps; worn over trousers by cowboys to protect their legs
  2. A crack in a lip caused usually by cold
  3. A boy or man ("that chap is your host")
  4. A long narrow depression in a surface
  5. Crack due to dehydration ("My lips chap in this dry weather")

Shortened from chapman (“dealer, customer”) in 16th century English.

  1. (dated outside Britain and Australia) A man, a fellow.
    Who’s that over there?
  2. (Britain, dialectal) A customer, a buyer.
  3. (Southern US) A child.

Related to chip.

  1. A cleft, crack, or chink, as in the surface of the earth, or in the skin.
  2. (obsolete) A division; a breach, as in a party.
  3. (Scotland) A blow; a rap.

From Northern English chafts (“jaws”).

  1. (archaic) The jaw (often in plural).
  2. One of the jaws or cheeks of a vice, etc.

    chap was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

    Notable Persons Named Chap

    Chap Petersen is a Member of the Fairfax, Virginia city council, Member of theFairfax, and Virginiacity council. Chap was given the name John Chapman Petersen on March 27th, 1968 in Fairfax, Virginia.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Chap

    Sabrina Chap is a musician. Sabrina was born on December 9th, 1977 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Chap U.S.
      White 32.49% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 58.48% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.35% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.51% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Chap

    People with the last name Chap are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Chap

    • How Popular is the name Chap? Chap is the 51,855th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chap was the 39,659th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Chap have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 37 babies born with the first name Chap in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chap? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
    • When was Chap first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chap is Sunday, July 7th, 1878.
    • What year had the most people named Chap born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chap was in 1973 with a total of 9 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Chap: Your name in reverse order is Pahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Chap. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Chap? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 554 people with the last name Chap.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chap? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Chap as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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