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champ1

[champ, chomp] /tʃæmp, tʃɒmp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bite upon or grind, especially impatiently:
The horses champed the oats.
2.
to crush with the teeth and chew vigorously or noisily; munch.
3.
to mash; crush.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.
noun
5.
the act of champing.
Idioms
6.
champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.
Also, chomp.
Origin of champ1
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps akin to chap1; see chop1
Related forms
champer, noun
champy, adjective

champ2

[champ] /tʃæmp/
noun, Informal.
1.
a champion.
Origin
by shortening
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  • The hope of victory rouses the spirits of these noble youths; their fiery horses neigh and prance, and champ their foaming bits.

  • She was to be seen, in July, 1790, digging the soil of the champ de Mars.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • They prance, and champ the bit, and the young man seems to pull on them as though his liver was coming out.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • Pop Monroe was trying for just one solid blow to slow down the champ.

    Vital Ingredient Gerald Vance
  • The champ de Mars was guarded by troops, and the avenues were also guarded on all sides.

    Wonderful Balloon Ascents Fulgence Marion
British Dictionary definitions for champ

champ1

/tʃæmp/
verb
1.
to munch (food) noisily like a horse
2.
when intr, often foll by on, at, etc. to bite (something) nervously or impatiently; gnaw
3.
(informal) champ at the bit, chafe at the bit, to be impatient to start work, a journey, etc
noun
4.
the act or noise of champing
5.
(Ulster, dialect) a dish, originating in Ireland, of mashed potatoes and spring onions or leeks
Derived Forms
champer, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin

champ2

/tʃæmp/
noun
1.
(informal) short for champion (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for champ
n.

1868, American English abbreviation of champion (n.).

v.

"to chew noisily," 1520s, probably echoic; OED suggests a connection with jam (v.). Earlier also cham, chamb, etc. To champ on (or at) the bit, as an eager horse will, is attested in figurative sense by 1640s. Related: Champed; champing. As a noun in this sense, attested from c.1600.

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Related Abbreviations for champ

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Idioms and Phrases with champ

champ

In addition to the idiom beginning with champ also see: like a champ
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