Chop vs Grind - What's the difference?

chop | grind |

As nouns the difference between chop and grind

is that chop is a cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib or chop can be (mostly|in the plural) a jaw of an animal or chop can be an official stamp or seal or chop can be (internet) an irc channel operator while grind is the act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction.

As verbs the difference between chop and grind

is that chop is to cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions or chop can be (obsolete) to exchange, to barter; to swap while grind is to reduce to smaller pieces by crushing with lateral motion.



Etymology 1

(etyl) choppen, variant of (only attested in compounds). More at (l).


(en noun)
  • A cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib.
  • *1957 , :
  • *:I was standing at the meat counter, waiting for some rib lamb chops to be cut.
  • A blow with an axe, cleaver, or similar utensil.
  • (martial arts) A blow delivered with the hand rigid and outstretched.
  • Ocean waves, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.
  • (poker) A hand where two or more players have an equal-valued hand, resulting in the chips being shared equally between them.
  • Termination, especially from employment.
  • (dated) A crack or cleft; a chap.
  • Synonyms
    * axe, pink slip, sack


  • To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions.
  • chop wood
    chop an onion
  • To sever with an axe or similar implement.
  • Chop off his head.
  • (baseball) To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.
  • (poker) To divide the pot (or tournament prize) between two or more players.
  • To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Out of greediness to get both, he chops at the shadow, and loses the substance.
  • To interrupt; with in'' or ''out .
  • * Latimer
  • This fellow interrupted the sermon, even suddenly chopping in.

    Derived terms

    * chop chop * chopper * chopping board * chop logic * chops * chopstick * choppy * karate chop * try out one's own chops

    Etymology 2

    Of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of (chap).


  • (obsolete) To exchange, to barter; to swap.
  • * 1644 , (John Milton), Aeropagitica :
  • this is not to put down Prelaty, this is but to chop an Episcopacy; this is but to translate the Palace Metropolitan'' from one kind of dominion into another, this is but an old canonicall sleight of ''commuting our penance.
  • * L'Estrange
  • We go on chopping and changing our friends.
  • To chap or crack.
  • (nautical) To vary or shift suddenly.
  • The wind chops about.
  • To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Let not the counsel at the bar chop with the judge.


    (en noun)
  • (mostly, in the plural) A jaw of an animal.
  • A movable jaw or cheek, as of a vice.
  • The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbour, or channel.
  • East Chop'''; West '''Chop
  • A change; a vicissitude.
  • (Marryat)

    Etymology 3



    (en noun)
  • An official stamp or seal.
  • Mark indicating nature, quality, or brand.
  • silk of the first chop
    Derived terms
    * chop dollar * chop of tea * grand chop

    Etymology 4



    (en noun)
  • (internet) An IRC channel operator.
  • * 1996 , Peter Ludlow, High Noon on the Electronic Frontier (page 404)
  • IRC supports mechanisms for the enforcement of acceptable behaviour on IRC. Channel operators — "chanops" or "chops " — have access to the /kick command, which throws a specified user out of the given channel.
    * chanop * op ----



    (wikipedia grind)


    (see usage notes below )
  • To reduce to smaller pieces by crushing with lateral motion.
  • To shape with the force of friction.
  • grind a lens
    grind an axe
  • (metalworking) To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.
  • To become ground, pulverized, or polished by friction.
  • This corn grinds well.
    Steel grinds to a sharp edge.
  • To move with much difficulty or friction; to grate.
  • (sports) To slide the flat portion of a skateboard or snowboard across an obstacle such as a railing.
  • To oppress, hold down or weaken.
  • (slang) To rotate the hips erotically.
  • (slang) To dance in a sexually suggestive way with both partners in very close proximity, often pressed against each other.
  • (video games) To repeat a task in order to gain levels or items.
  • To produce mechanically and repetitively as if by turning a crank.
  • To instill through repetitive teaching.
  • Grinding lessons into students' heads does not motivate them to learn.
  • (slang, Hawaii) To eat.
  • Eh, brah, let's go grind .
  • (slang) To work or study hard; to hustle or drudge.
  • (Farrar)

    Usage notes

    * In the sports and video game senses, the past participle and past tense form grinded is often used instead of the irregular form ground. * Historically, there also existed a past participle form grounden, but it is now archaic or obsolete. * When used to denote sexually suggestive dancing between two partners, the past participle and past tense form grinded is almost always used.

    Derived terms

    * bump and grind * have an axe to grind


    (en noun)
  • The act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction.
  • A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.
  • This bag contains espresso grind .
  • A tedious task.
  • This homework is a grind .
  • A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.
  • (archaic, slang) One who studies hard; a swot.
  • (subgenre of heavy metal)