[ 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.
the act of champing.
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Idioms for champ
champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.
OTHER WORDS FROM champchamper, nounchampy, adjective
Definition for champ (2 of 2)
[ champ ]
/ tʃæmp /
Origin of champ2
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British Dictionary definitions for champ (1 of 2)
/ (tʃæmp) /
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
Derived forms of champchamper, noun
Word Origin for champ
C16: probably of imitative origin
British Dictionary definitions for champ (2 of 2)
/ (tʃæmp) /
informal short for champion (def. 1)
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Idioms and Phrases with champ
In addition to the idiom beginning with champ
- champ at the bit
- like a champ
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