chap

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.

Primary Meanings of chap

1.
n
a boy or man
2.
n
(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
3.
vn
crack due to dehydration
a crack in a lip caused usually by cold
Full Definitions of chap
1

n a boy or man

“that chap is your host”
Synonyms:
blighter, bloke, cuss, fella, feller, fellow, gent, lad
Types:
dog
informal term for a man
Type of:
male, male person
a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
2

n (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

Type of:
leg covering, legging, leging
a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
3

v crack due to dehydration

“My lips chap in this dry weather”
Type of:
crack
break partially but keep its integrity

n a crack in a lip caused usually by cold

Type of:
cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
a long narrow opening

n a long narrow depression in a surface

Synonyms:
crack, cranny, crevice, fissure
Type of:
depression, impression, imprint
a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

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