verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- champ at the bit,
- champagne socialist
Origin of champ1
Origin of champ2
Examples from the Web for champ
The reigning Emmy champ coming off her best season yet on The Good Wife, Margulies could very well set that record, too.Jennifer Aniston, Oscar Nominee? 5 Takeaways from the 2015 SAG Award Nominations|Kevin Fallon|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The clock strikes zero, and the champ is still the champ, 61-56.
Champ refers to a field, Bertin was likely the original owner of that field, and the name still holds today.The Next UNESCO World Heritage Site: Burgundy’s Pinot Noir Country?|Jordan Salcito|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He assured me that Hillary was a champ when it came to separating her public service from her private practice.Better Than Fiction: The Rise, Fall, And Return of Webb Hubbell|Lloyd Grove|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now shaken from his reverie, stunned, Paterno walked over to the golf cart and crouched and shook the hand of the champ.
The earth from the citadel was carted to the Champ de Mars to increase its size and to build it up.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)|William Henry Atherton
First there had been Champ's instant distrust of Mr. Furnay and Bivins, and his attempt to rout them for the aliens they were.Clean Break|Roger Dee
The site was known in long-past days as the Champ de lEvque—the bishops field.Historic Paris|Jetta S. Wolff
The Pole-axe was a weapon in great request for jousting on foot, in the champ clos.Armour & Weapons|Charles John Ffoulkes
While I champ the bit of circumstance, he scourges and goads me with the spur of fact.The World I Live In|Helen Keller
Word Origin for champ
1868, American English abbreviation of champion (n.).
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with champ
- champ at the bit
- like a champ