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.

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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

champer, nounchampy, 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

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