chump

1
[ chuhmp ]
/ tʃʌmp /

noun

Informal. a stupid person; dolt: Don't be a chump—she's kidding you along.
a short, thick piece of wood.
the thick, blunt end of anything.
Slang. the head.

Nearby words

  1. chum,
  2. chum salmon,
  3. chuman,
  4. chumash,
  5. chummy,
  6. chump change,
  7. chumping,
  8. chun doo hwan,
  9. chunchon,
  10. chunder

Idioms

    off one's chump, British Slang. crazy.

Origin of chump

1
1695–1705; perhaps blend of chunk1 and lump1

Related formschump·ish, adjectivechump·ish·ness, noun

chump

2
[ chuhmp ]
/ tʃʌmp /

verb (used with or without object)

to bite or chew; munch.
Also chomp.

Origin of chump

2
First recorded in 1850–55; variant of champ1

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British Dictionary definitions for chump

chump

1
/ (tʃʌmp) /

noun

informal a stupid person
a thick heavy block of wood
  1. the thick blunt end of anything, esp of a piece of meat
  2. (as modifier)a chump chop
British slang the head (esp in the phrase off one's chump)

Word Origin for chump

C18: perhaps a blend of chunk and lump 1

verb

a less common word for chomp
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Word Origin and History for chump

chump

n.

1703, "short, thick lump of wood," akin to Old Norse kumba "block of wood." Meaning "blockhead" is first attested 1883. Chump change attested by 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper