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

    chap is your host”
    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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    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

    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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