champ at bit

champ

1 [champ, chomp]
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:
1520–30; perhaps akin to chap1; see chop1

champer, noun
champy, adjective
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champ1 (tʃæmp)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by on, at, etc)
1.  to munch (food) noisily like a horse
2.  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
 
n
4.  the act or noise of champing
5.  dialect (Ulster) a dish, originating in Ireland, of mashed potatoes and spring onions or leeks
 
[C16: probably of imitative origin]
 
'champer1
 
n

champ2 (tʃæmp)
 
n
informal short for champion

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champ
1868, Amer.Eng. abbreviation of champion (q.v.).

champ
1530, probably echoic. Earlier also cham.
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