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.
champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.
Origin of champ1
1520–30;Related formschamp·er, nounchamp·y, adjective
perhaps akin to chap1
; see chop1
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Related Words for champerunsurpassed
British Dictionary definitions for champer
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
Derived Formschamper, noun
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
C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for champer
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with champer
In addition to the idiom beginning with champ
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