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champ1

[champ, chomp] /tʃæmp, tʃɒmp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bite upon or grind, especially impatiently:
The horses champed the oats.
2.
to crush with the teeth and chew vigorously or noisily; munch.
3.
to mash; crush.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.
noun
5.
the act of champing.
Idioms
6.
champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.
Also, chomp.
Origin of champ1
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps akin to chap1; see chop1
Related forms
champer, noun
champy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for champing
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  • And through it all the scuttling of rushing hoofs and champing bits.

  • Their horses stood each by his own chariot, champing lotus and wild celery.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Save the champing of bits by the horses, there was not a sound.

    Gil the Gunner George Manville Fenn
  • Then a rest followed, with the usual sneezing and bit- champing.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • At the bottom they hesitated; then the mother with rush and champing Whoof!

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The champing of teeth, along with the loud sniffing, continued.

  • The whitemaned seahorses, champing, brightwindbridled, the steeds of Mananaan.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • During the champing colic may set in, which will only yield when the fits are established.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for champing

champ1

/tʃæmp/
verb
1.
to munch (food) noisily like a horse
2.
when intr, often foll by on, at, etc. to bite (something) nervously or impatiently; gnaw
3.
(informal) champ at the bit, chafe at the bit, to be impatient to start work, a journey, etc
noun
4.
the act or noise of champing
5.
(Ulster, dialect) a dish, originating in Ireland, of mashed potatoes and spring onions or leeks
Derived Forms
champer, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin

champ2

/tʃæmp/
noun
1.
(informal) short for champion (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for champing

champ

n.

1868, American English abbreviation of champion (n.).

champ

v.

"to chew noisily," 1520s, probably echoic; OED suggests a connection with jam (v.). Earlier also cham, chamb, etc. To champ on (or at) the bit, as an eager horse will, is attested in figurative sense by 1640s. Related: Champed; champing. As a noun in this sense, attested from c.1600.

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Idioms and Phrases with champing

champ

In addition to the idiom beginning with champ also see: like a champ
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