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champ

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[ champ, chomp ]
/ tʃæmp, tʃɒmp /
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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 about champ

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

Origin of champ

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1520–30; perhaps akin to chap1; see chop1

OTHER WORDS FROM champ

champer, nounchampy, adjective

Other definitions for champ (2 of 2)

champ2
[ champ ]
/ tʃæmp /

noun Informal.
a champion.

Origin of champ

2
By shortening
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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)

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with champ

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