- 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.
- to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.
- the act of champing.
- champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.
Origin of champ1
- a champion.
Origin of champ2
Examples from the Web for champ
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 10, 2014
The clock strikes zero, and the champ is still the champ, 61-56.How to Stomach a Hot Dog Eating Contest
July 5, 2014
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?
May 31, 2014
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
May 1, 2014
Now shaken from his reverie, stunned, Paterno walked over to the golf cart and crouched and shook the hand of the champ.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
Historical Examples of champ
Shall we subdue our strength, and champ a bit, and serve his pride?
"Guess we've got to take it on then and 'champ'," murmured Delia.The Jolliest School of All
She was to be seen, in July, 1790, digging the soil of the Champ de Mars.The Gods are Athirst
Pop Monroe was trying for just one solid blow to slow down the Champ.Vital Ingredient
It was not long after midnight the next day that Champ Lee reached the ranch.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
- 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
Word Origin for champ
- informal short for champion (def. 1)
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