EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHAPS
One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.
I'll turn one of my chaps on to writing half a dozen letters to the Editor about it!
They were both just back from India, and natty-lookin' chaps as you ever saw.
We told these chaps we were deserters from the Bulwark, 74, and begged them to help us along.
These chaps seemed to value a man by the enormity and number of his crimes.
The sight of these chaps set up all my rigging, and I felt ripe for fun.
Our three chaps were Englishmen, and I make no doubt belonged to the frigate, as stated.
I say, you chaps, Duncan and I haven't met for years—not since he graduated.
Now he'd wear it and his chaps and spurs to the table, if I didn't make him take them off.
Look here, you chaps—I heard some news in Martover just now.
1844, American English, short for chaparejos, from Mexican Spanish chaparreras, overalls worn to protect from chaparro (see chaparral).