Definition of chap noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//tʃæp//
; NAmE NAmE//tʃæp//
(British English, informal, becoming old-fashioned)
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used to talk about a man in a friendly way He isn't such a bad chap really. Come on, chaps, let’s go for a drink! Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting a buyer or customer): abbreviation of chapman ‘pedlar’. The current sense dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples He’s a decent sort of chap. He’s not such a bad chap really. The poor old chap was very shaken by the experience.