Definition of chopstick in English:



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.