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chump1

[chuhmp] /tʃʌmp/
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
1695-1705; perhaps blend of chunk1 and lump
Related forms
chumpish, adjective
chumpishness, noun

chump2

[chuhmp] /tʃʌmp/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to bite or chew; munch.
Also, chomp.
Origin
1850-55; variant of champ1
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Examples from the web for chump
  • To use a fancy legal phrase this is not chump change.
  • They are pretty much in the same boat, despite that extra chump change.
  • And knowing about these methods can offer immunity to the one being persuaded-aka the mark or the chump.
  • It's not exactly chump change but it's not a lot of money.
British Dictionary definitions for chump

chomp

/tʃɒmp/
verb
1.
to chew (food) noisily; champ
noun
2.
the act or sound of chewing in this manner
Word Origin
variant of champ1

chump1

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

chump2

/tʃʌmp/
verb
1.
a less common word for chomp
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Word Origin and History for chump
n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for chump

chump

modifier

: The honest, hardworking immigrant was a chump game

noun

A stupid person, esp a dupe; sucker: I look like a chump these days (1877+)

verb

: You were chumped, Donna Rice and Marla Trump (1920s+)

Related Terms

off one's chump

[origin unknown; perhaps an alteration of chunk referring to blockheadedness]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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