Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Heavy leather trousers without a seat, worn over ordinary trousers by ranch hands to protect their legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of chap.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of chap.
  • n. Protective leather leggings attached at the waist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The jaws, or the fleshy parts about them. See chap.
  • n.pl. Short for chaparajos.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviated form of chaparejos.

Etymologies

Short for American Spanish chaparreras, from Spanish chaparro, chaparral; see chaparral.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From chap. (Wiktionary)
Short for American Spanish chaparreras. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then his fringed buckskin "chaps" went; in their place a pair of dreadful grey cloth trousers.

    The Shagganappi

  • He always wore a strange mixture of civilized and savage clothes – fringed buckskin "chaps," beaded moccasins, a blue flannel shirt, a scarlet silk handkerchief knotted around his throat, a wide-brimmed cowboy hat with a rattlesnake skin as a

    The Shagganappi

  • The chaps from the University of Rutland at Belvoir push their glasses up their noses.

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  • Soon after, outfitted in chaps and riding gloves supplied by the concierge, I was trotting through fields of alfalfa atop a fat, spotted mare.

    High Plains Drifting

  • I think a pair of their chaps is in my future, and I expect my next wallet will be one of theirs.

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  • A group of horsemen in chaps and buckskin coats thunders up atop black-and-white steeds.

    Thai Noon

  • I am increasingly wondering if perhaps a few chaps from the army say might like to suggest to her majesty that she dispense with parliament altogether.

    Religious Intolerance is a Good Thing

  • Yep … my hero a man who hangs over head in chaps farting on everyone!

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  • Off, then, to cross the Rocky Mountains – forty-two of us, and two wagons which had started early to go by road to the first camp: cowboys in chaps and jingling spurs; timorous women, who eyed rather askance the blue and purple mountains back of the hotel; automobile tourists, partly curious and partly envious; the inevitable photographer, for whom we lined up in a semicircle, each one trying to look as if starting off on such a trip was one of the easiest things we did; and over all the bright sun, a breeze from the mountains, and a sense of such exhilaration as only altitude and the West can bring.

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  • He’s tattooed, half-naked in chaps, and wears an eyepatch.

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