[ champ, chomp ]
/ tʃæmp, tʃɒmp /

verb (used with object)

to bite upon or grind, especially impatiently: The horses champed the oats.
to crush with the teeth and chew vigorously or noisily; munch.
to mash; crush.

verb (used without object)

to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.


the act of champing.

Nearby words

  1. chamonix,
  2. chamorro,
  3. chamos,
  4. chamosite,
  5. chamotte,
  6. champ at the bit,
  7. champac,
  8. champaca,
  9. champagne,
  10. champagne socialist


    champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.

Also chomp.

Origin of champ

1520–30; perhaps akin to chap1; see chop1

Related formschamp·er, nounchamp·y, adjective


[ champ ]
/ tʃæmp /

noun Informal.

a champion.

Origin of champ

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Examples from the Web for champ

British Dictionary definitions for champ


/ (tʃæmp) /


to munch (food) noisily like a horse
(when intr, often foll by on, at, etc) to bite (something) nervously or impatiently; gnaw
champ at the bit or chafe at the bit informal to be impatient to start work, a journey, etc


the act or noise of champing
Ulster dialect a dish, originating in Ireland, of mashed potatoes and spring onions or leeks
Derived Formschamper, noun

Word Origin for champ

C16: probably of imitative origin


informal short for champion (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for champ
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Idioms and Phrases with champ


In addition to the idiom beginning with champ

  • champ at the bit

also see:

  • like a champ
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