chump

1 [chuhmp]
noun
1.
Informal. a stupid person; dolt: Don't be a chump—she's kidding you along.
2.
a short, thick piece of wood.
3.
the thick, blunt end of anything.
4.
Slang. the head.
Idioms
5.
off one's chump, British Slang. crazy.

Origin:
1695–1705; perhaps blend of chunk1 and lump

chumpish, adjective
chumpishness, noun
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chump

2 [chuhmp]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to bite or chew; munch.
Also, chomp.


Origin:
1850–55; variant of champ1

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chomp or chump (tʃɒmp)
 
vb
1.  to chew (food) noisily; champ
 
n
2.  the act or sound of chewing in this manner
 
[variant of champ1]
 
chump or chump
 
vb
 
n
 
[variant of champ1]

chump1 (tʃʌmp)
 
n
1.  informal a stupid person
2.  a thick heavy block of wood
3.  a.  the thick blunt end of anything, esp of a piece of meat
 b.  (as modifier): a chump chop
4.  slang (Brit) the head (esp in the phrase off one's chump)
 
[C18: perhaps a blend of chunk and lump1]

chump2 (tʃʌmp)
 
vb
a less common word for chomp

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chump
1703, "short, thick lump of wood," akin to O.N. kumba "block of wood." Meaning "blockhead" is first attested 1883.
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chump definition


  1. n.
    a stupid person; a gullible person. : See if that chump will loan you some money.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
To use a fancy legal phrase this is not chump change.
They are pretty much in the same boat, despite that extra chump change.
It's not exactly chump change but it's not a lot of money.
And knowing about these methods can offer immunity to the one being persuaded-aka the mark or the chump.
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