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.


    off one's chump, British Slang. crazy.

Origin of chump

1695–1705; perhaps blend of chunk1 and lump1
Related formschump·ish, adjectivechump·ish·ness, noun



verb (used with or without object)

to bite or chew; munch.
Also chomp.

Origin of chump

First recorded in 1850–55; variant of champ1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chump

fool, oaf, goof, sucker, blockhead, boob, sap, dolt, lunkhead

Examples from the Web for chump

Contemporary Examples of chump

Historical Examples of chump

  • I'm only helping the chump to buy some of the experience that you spoke about the other day.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • It's only a chump pitcher who keeps the ball over the pan all the time.

  • Why were you such a chump as to turn your back on him like that?

    Danger! and Other Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I shall go off my chump if we're not married before I go out.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • I am inclined to think, old boy, that there is a good deal of what they call the chump about me.

    Old Ebenezer

    Opie Read

British Dictionary definitions for chump




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




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

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