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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to bite or chew; munch.
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Also chomp.

Origin of chump2

First recorded in 1850–55; variant of champ1
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Related Words

chomp, gnaw, gnash, bite, munch, grind, masticate, chump, manducate, champ

Examples from the Web for chumping

Historical Examples

  • 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

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

    In Pawn

    Ellis Parker Butler

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

British Dictionary definitions for chumping


  1. Yorkshire dialect collecting wood for bonfires on Guy Fawkes Day
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Word Origin

from chump 1 (sense 2)


  1. informal a stupid person
  2. 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
  3. British slang the head (esp in the phrase off one's chump)
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps a blend of chunk and lump 1


  1. 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.

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