Etymology
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choppy (adj.)

1830, of seas, "running in short, irregular, broken waves," from chop (v.2) + -y (2). Earlier in this sense was chopping (1630s).

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Definitions of choppy

choppy (adj.)
marked by abrupt transitions;
choppy prose
Synonyms: jerky
choppy (adj.)
rough with small waves;
choppy seas
From wordnet.princeton.edu