• "'I can lend you fourpence, old chap,' said Smythe."
    "'I can lend you fourpence, old chap,' said Smythe."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Chaps Short for Chaparajos.
    • n. pl Chaps The jaws, or the fleshy parts about them. See Chap. "Open your chaps again."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chaps An abbreviated form of chaparejos.
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  • Allan Massie
    Allan Massie
    “Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.”
  • Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    “He was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say when!”
  • Sir Edmund Hillary
    Sir Edmund Hillary
    “You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”
  • Evelyn Waugh
    “News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.”


Chaps my ass - When something/someone really annoys you, it chaps your ass.


In literature:

I'd shown them how we handle such chaps out on the ranch!
"The Boy from the Ranch" by Frank V. Webster
Dropped into a chess club in Boston about a month ago and watched a chap playing, highly nervous fellow but a pretty stiff player at that.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
It's a pity that chap shot him, 'cause they were both running away.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
I 'ope 'e ain't gone overboard, pore little chap.
"Sea Urchins" by W. W. Jacobs
Merry will hear from that chap again.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
The chap can't have got far.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Just as I was makin' my sneak this quiet-speakin' chap falls in alongside and begins to talk to me.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Chap that owned her before that did.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
And, Jack, stay to breakfast, won't you, like a good chap?
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
Come on, you bully chaps!
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day

In poetry:

How? Hey?
Not understan'? Why, wut's to hender, pray?
Must I go huntin' round to find a chap
To tell me when my face hez hed a slap?
"Mason And Slidell: A Yankee Idyll" by James Russell Lowell
He said he'd done his business reight,--
He'd brought it up to th' door,
An' thear it wor, an' noa fair chap
Wod want him to do moor.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
They tried all ways but th' chap stood firm,
They couldn't get a lick,
An' some o'th' boldest gate a taste
O'th neighbor's walkin stick.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
I've often wondered why
Old chaps who choose to die
In evil passes,
Before themselves they slay,
Invariably they
Take off their glasses?
"My Suicide" by Robert W Service
We gat on varry weel for a bit,
An aw stuck to mi wark like a man,
An enjoying mi hooam, thear awd sit,
As a chap at works hard nobbut can.
"Lamentin' An Repentin'" by John Hartley
Twelve month sin or somewhear abaat,
A fine lukkin chap donned i' black,
Coom an luk'd at it inside an aght
An decided this mansion to tak.
"To Let" by John Hartley

In news:

Two-way star Kilcrease too much for Chaps .
Chaps ' Segleski replaces Moore.
Chaps may have their place in the world of fashion, but when it comes to using a chain saw, they are a definite must.
Half chaps that you use when riding englich make sense because you are riding with little english stirrups leathers, but when you have big western fenders the half chap won't really be doing much.
My Muse Wears Butt-less Chaps .
Kohl's Announces Exclusive Debut of Chaps Home.
Announced an agreement with the Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. To introduce the Chaps Home collection in May 2007.
The Chaps Home collection will be available exclusively in all Kohl's stores and online at
Herbert "Chap" Reaver Jr, whose warm, humorous writing style graced the pages of "DC" from 1984-92, died Monday January 11th in Marietta, Georgia of a heart attack.
Bedbug infestation chaps renter .
The Satin Chaps, Suicide Notes and Sauerkrauts plus dance party.
He found a passel of chaps on several giant Texas ranches.
Usher appeared on stage looking like a chap from London.
Today, we met the leader, Sugar, along with Sister Kim, Chap and Sandman.
He's such a happy little chap that it's hard to believe there is anything much wrong with him, but the consultant is quite certain.

In science:

This property is satisfied when X has a density or more generally a char(cf Chap.
An extension to the Wiener space of the arbitrary functions principle
On the other hand, we have Pic( ˆY ) = pro j limn Pic(Yn ) by [16, Exercise 9.6 in Chap.
Transcendental lattices and supersingular reduction lattices of a singular $K3$ surface
One can easily prove the following propositions by means of, for example, the results in [34, §9 in Chap.
Transcendental lattices and supersingular reduction lattices of a singular $K3$ surface
The following follows, for example, from the existence and the uniqueness of the N´eron model [35, Chap.
Transcendental lattices and supersingular reduction lattices of a singular $K3$ surface
Then L is defined over F , and we have an isomorphism ρ : L⊗2 →∼ OY (D) on Y that corresponds to the double covering ϕ in the way described in [6, Chap. 0].
Transcendental lattices and supersingular reduction lattices of a singular $K3$ surface