- 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.
- to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.
- the act of champing.
- champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.
Origin of champ1
Examples from the Web for champing
There are no emails for us to wade through—even if we were champing at the bits.The IRS Email Double Standard
November 25, 2014
My two sons—Hugo and Thomas, ages ten and thirteen—are champing at the bit.Peter Godwin on How to Take Your Kids on an African Safari
Condé Nast Traveler
June 4, 2013
And through it all the scuttling of rushing hoofs and champing bits.The Twins of Suffering Creek
Their horses stood each by his own chariot, champing lotus and wild celery.The Iliad
Save the champing of bits by the horses, there was not a sound.Gil the Gunner
George Manville Fenn
Then a rest followed, with the usual sneezing and bit- champing.Roughing It
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
At the bottom they hesitated; then the mother with rush and champing Whoof!Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
- 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
- informal short for champion (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for champing
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.
Idioms and Phrases with champing
In addition to the idiom beginning with champ
- champ at the bit
- like a champ