Meaning of chopstick in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃɒpstɪk/

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usually chopsticks
  • Each of a pair of small, thin, tapered sticks of wood, ivory, or plastic, held together in one hand and used as eating utensils especially by the Chinese and the Japanese.

    ‘There are metal forks and spoons, melamine Chinese spoons and plastic chopsticks.’
    • ‘Japanese chopsticks are too thin and Chinese chopsticks are hardly shaped at all.’
    • ‘Also, never tap the bowls on the table with chopsticks as many Chinese believe only beggars do this.’
    • ‘Only at funerals are chopsticks stuck into the rice that is put onto the altar.’
    • ‘Once there, they had to pick up four jellybeans out of a bowl and put them on a plate using only a tricky pair of chopsticks.’
    • ‘Her dark tresses were twisted into an oddly shaped bun with two chopsticks sticking from them.’
    • ‘Men also wear pouches on the right side of their belts to hold a small knife and a pair of chopsticks.’
    • ‘There are also new, shrink wrapped Japanese chopsticks to take back to the table.’
    • ‘All the tables were pre-set with linen napkins, bowls, china spoons and chopsticks on a green cloth.’
    • ‘Naturally, she doesn't know how to use chopsticks, since she doesn't eat Chinese food.’
    • ‘Therefore, chopsticks are also looked upon as the quintessence of Japanese culture.’
    • ‘Roll up with a fork or chopsticks, and place on the frissé salad.’
    • ‘These are used to create goods such as bowls, cutlery, chopsticks and even wine cups.’
    • ‘Then the bowl is thrust at me with battered wooden chopsticks and a porcelain spoon.’
    • ‘At first, fumbling with chopsticks, he found it hard to grasp the food.’
    • ‘It's like trying to build a house using only chopsticks and a hammer.’
    • ‘In the Chinese way, we both helped ourselves to each of the dishes, breaking open new, clean chopsticks from a supply on each table.’
    • ‘As for the carvings, I bought some rather lovely chopsticks made from wild betel nut palm and a dolphin carved from the nut of the sago palm.’
    • ‘Unique china and cherrywood chopsticks are placed on elegant silver holders to make the food look more appealing.’
    • ‘Dishes are served on a revolving plate in the centre of the table, and food is deftly picked up with chopsticks as it comes by.’


Late 17th century pidgin English, from chop ‘quick’ + stick, translating Chinese dialect kuàizi, literally ‘nimble ones’. Compare with chop-chop.