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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.
Crazy; demented; nuts (entry form 1889+, chump 1877+, conk 1870+, nut 1873+)
: The honest, hardworking immigrant was a chump gamenoun
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
[origin unknown; perhaps an alteration of chunk referring to blockheadedness]