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Colloquial UsagePlay
Used informally, typically in British English, when referring to men. SlideMet a chap who knew all about cars.
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Friendly TonePlay
Implies a friendly or affectionate attitude towards the person. SlideJohn's a good chap; he helped me move.
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Often Age-NeutralPlay
Can refer to males of any age, but sometimes leans towards younger individuals. SlideThat young chap over there is my cousin.