[ 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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