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I have come across a word a number of times during conversations but I am still some what lost in its translation. The word sounds something like choper or chouper. The problem is that I don't know if I heard it right or spelled it right but I am sure it sounds 90 % similar.

The context was somewhat wierd — we were talking about girls, discos and all those manly stuffs that guys talk about ;)

Along similar lines what exactly does kiffer mean? If it means same as aimer, a little insight into its origin and normal usage is appreciated.

Edit: I think as all have pointed out it is actually choper and not choupé.

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Could it be choper? –  Stéphane Gimenez Sep 20 '12 at 19:12
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What is the context? In proximity with kiffer, choper is likely. But please tell us at least what the topic of the conversation was. –  Gilles Sep 20 '12 at 19:45
    
Could it be choupet, kind of a masculine form of choupette? –  Alexis Pigeon Sep 20 '12 at 19:57
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You should probably ask on the chat for this kind of requests (not sure about what is actually the word you heard), or the bare minimum for it to be acceptable is to provide a context. In any case you have two distinct independent questions here, you should make them separate posts. –  Stéphane Gimenez Sep 20 '12 at 20:12
    
@StéphaneGimenez - Now I am now pretty sure that I heard choper :) –  Geekasaur Sep 21 '12 at 11:34
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Kiffer is a slang word for aimer (to like). Apparently it comes from the Moroccan Arabic word kif (كيف), meaning hashish (another Arabic word, meaning "grass" or "hay"). The semantic link between the Arabic word and the French slang term is that hashish provides pleasant feelings. Therefore a kif (used as a noun) is a pleasant experience, and kiffer means to like something or find it pleasant.

Regarding "choupé", I've never heard of it but you might have actually heard the verb choper. It is a familiar word meaning "to catch", and in the same context and slang language level as kiffer, it might mean "managing to get in a relationship with someone". An English word with a somwhat similar meaning and usage is score, though choper is less strong, it does not imply any specific act, it can be as short as a single kiss.

Both words are slang words, mainly used by teenagers and young adults.

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Thanks :) Can choper replace the verb attraper to some extent ? Can you please construct a sentence incorporating the two in one or separately in order to have an example ? –  Geekasaur Sep 21 '12 at 11:33
    
@Geekasaur Choper means catch or steal, but it cannot replace attraper in normal usage. –  Gilles Sep 21 '12 at 11:49
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@Gilles I quite disagree. In choper un rhume, choper un train, and generally choper quelque chose au vol, choper can be replaced by attraper. –  Alexis Pigeon Sep 21 '12 at 11:52
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@AlexisPigeon True, I should have said that it cannot replace attraper everywhere. –  Gilles Sep 21 '12 at 11:58
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"Choper" is usually a synonym of "prendre".

The context was somewhat weird — we were talking about girls, discos and all those manly stuffs that guys talk about ;)

In this context, it likely means "have a sexual relationship with [the girl]".

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Choper does not necessarily mean to have a sexual relationship. It may involve kissing only. It is very dependent on the habits of the micro-society in which it is used... –  Eusebius Sep 22 '12 at 8:52
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