A chap is a guy or a fellow — a boy or man who's a friend, acquaintance, or a friendly stranger. You might ask a chap on the bus if the seat beside him is free.

You can refer to any male person as a chap, and you can also address him that way: "Hello there, old chap! I haven't seen you in ages!" It's more common in Britain than the US, where the chap will know what you mean but might look at you oddly. Chaps also means a cowboy's leather pants, and when it's a verb chap means to become dry, cracked, and painful from wind or cold.

Definitions of chap
  1. noun
    a boy or man
    “that chap is your host”
    synonyms: blighter, bloke, cuss, fella, feller, fellow, gent, lad
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    informal term for a man
    type of:
    male, male person
    a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
  2. noun
    (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
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    type of:
    leg covering, legging, leging
    a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
  3. verb
    crack due to dehydration
    “My lips chap in this dry weather”
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    type of:
    break partially but keep its integrity
  4. noun
    a crack in a lip caused usually by cold
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    type of:
    cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
    a long narrow opening
  5. noun
    a long narrow depression in a surface
    synonyms: crack, cranny, crevice, fissure
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    type of:
    depression, impression, imprint
    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
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