[ champ, chomp ]
See synonyms for: champchamper on

verb (used with object)
  1. to bite upon or grind, especially impatiently: The horses champed the oats.

  2. to crush with the teeth and chew vigorously or noisily; munch.

  1. to mash; crush.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.

  1. the act of champing.

Idioms about champ

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

Origin of champ

1520–30; perhaps akin to chap1; see chop1

Other words from champ

  • champer, noun
  • champy, adjective

Other definitions for champ (2 of 2)

[ champ ]

  1. a champion.

Origin of champ

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How to use champ in a sentence

  • "Don't think your friend can sit in, though," observed Champer-down, grinning broadly.

    Down the Mother Lode | Vivia Hemphill

British Dictionary definitions for champ (1 of 2)


/ (tʃæmp) /

  1. to munch (food) noisily like a horse

  2. (when intr, often foll by on, at, etc) to bite (something) nervously or impatiently; gnaw

  1. champ at the bit or chafe at the bit informal to be impatient to start work, a journey, etc

  1. the act or noise of champing

  2. Ulster dialect a dish, originating in Ireland, of mashed potatoes and spring onions or leeks

Origin of champ

C16: probably of imitative origin

Derived forms of champ

  • champer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for champ (2 of 2)


/ (tʃæmp) /

  1. informal short for champion (def. 1)

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Other 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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