champ

1
[ 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.

noun

the act of champing.

Idioms for champ

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

Origin of champ

1
1520–30; perhaps akin to chap1; see chop1

OTHER WORDS FROM champ

champ·er, nounchamp·y, adjective

Definition for champ (2 of 2)

champ2
[ champ ]
/ tʃæmp /

noun Informal.

a champion.

Origin of champ

2
by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for champ (1 of 2)

champ1
/ (tʃæmp) /

verb

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

noun

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

Derived forms of champ

champer, noun

Word Origin for champ

C16: probably of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for champ (2 of 2)

champ2
/ (tʃæmp) /

noun

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

champ

In addition to the idiom beginning with champ

  • champ at the bit

also see:

  • like a champ
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