1) An abbreviation of chapman, used colloquially for a buyer or customer.

1758-62 to trade with them that are good chaps, Wakefield.

places Wakefield
dates 1758-1762

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2) One of the two bones which form the jaw, together with the muscle and skin.

1642 Signes of a good ewe ... her teeth white ... all alike and falling right with the ringe of the upper chappe, Elmswell

1656 cast a stone at him ... cutt his over-lipp, and broake two teeth out of his chaps, Wakefield

1674 with all his strength thrust his fingers under his chapbone on the right side, Bradford.

dates 1642 1656 1674

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