[ chuhmp ]
/ tʃʌmp /

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

Examples from the Web for chumping

  • Instantly all were chumping almonds, and the icy atmosphere thawed into summer.

  • Iss it chumping up und schlogging an officer on der head mitout notice?

    In Pawn|Ellis Parker Butler
  • You mighdt haf got your prains knocked oudt by chumping indo der car—und all pecause der prown feller vanted to blay shpook!

    Motor Matt's Clue|Stanley R. Matthews

British Dictionary definitions for chumping (1 of 3)


/ (ˈtʃʌmpɪŋ) /


Yorkshire dialect collecting wood for bonfires on Guy Fawkes Day

Word Origin for chumping

from chump 1 (sense 2)

British Dictionary definitions for chumping (2 of 3)


/ (tʃʌmp) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for chumping (3 of 3)


/ (tʃʌmp) /


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



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