champ

verb
\ˈchamp, ˈchämp, ˈchȯmp\
champed; champing; champs

Definition of champ 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make biting or gnashing movements

2 : to show impatience of delay or restraint usually used in the phrase champing at the bit he was champing at the bit to begin

champ

noun
\ˈchamp \

Definition of champ (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of champ in a Sentence

Verb

He champed his pipe angrily. The horse was champing its bit. He champed on his pipe angrily.

Noun

this year's national basketball champs
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Still, Republicans were champing at the bit to take on Manchin in 2018, and eventually Morrisey, the state attorney general, emerged from a bitter three-way primary as the nominee. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Joe Manchin reelected in West Virginia: the most conservative Senate Democrat survives," 7 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the 42nd president, who is said to be characteristically champing at the bit to get back out on the campaign trail, has become radioactive in the #MeToo moment. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Clintons Will Keep a Low Profile in the Midterm Elections," 21 May 2018 Viewers my be champing at the bit for Aunt Lydia’s origins story, but her charges are too busy fearing and hating her to ask her any personal questions. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 But things quickly went south as the team dropped its next three games, falling to eventual division champs Memphis and UCF and later stumbling against Temple. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Navy is relying on newcomers in key roles, No, 77 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 11 June 2018 With a returning Gareth Bale champing at the bit for a place in the starting lineup against Liverpool, the Welshman was again left on the bench in the wisdom of his manager. SI.com, "Why Zidane Should Be Remembered as the Champions League's Greatest Head Coach in Wake of Madrid Exit," 31 May 2018 The industry vets behind the brewery are champing at the bit to get their brews into the hands of L.A. beer fans. John Verive, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 New L.A. Breweries That Should Be on Your Beer Week Radar," 11 June 2018 Sabastian has been champing at the bit ever since Tom rode into town. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Little Boy Cries With Joy After Meeting the Pony He's Been Saving For," 18 Oct. 2016 Also awaiting the verdict with bated breath is Comcast (cmcsa, +0.22%), which is champing at the bit to make an offer to buy 21st Century Fox (fox, +0.74%), edging out Disney’s $52 billion proposed buy-out. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Ruling Is Expected Tuesday. Here's What's at Stake," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Contrasts in style: Mount scored a school-record 61 points in a 108-107 loss to Big Ten champ Iowa with one week left in the season. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Here are Purdue basketball's top 10 career scorers," 10 July 2018 Instead, James’s solo leap of faith to the Lakers opened the possibility that the Warriors won’t even need to get through him en route to the 2019 title, and George’s return to OKC won’t scare the champs. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 Centerfielder Kenleigh West-Wing led the champs with two hits. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, "Division 1 softball: Caledonia rallies, then holds off Hartland for title," 16 June 2018 Then, the final match to determine the World Cup 2018 champ will be played on July 15. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Here's How to Watch the World Cup 2018 Live Over the Next Month," 14 June 2018 The Eagles, by the way, trying to deal with being the first Super bowl champs ever to be disinvited to the White House, and despite the hopes of some media, Melania is back on Seen and Unseen with Arroyo next. Fox News, "Eagles coach addresses canceled White House," 7 June 2018 The Lakota High School 4x100 team of Abigail Stoughton, Kaylyn Heath, Danielle Stoughton and Serena Clark were crowned DI state champs Saturday night with a time of 47.21. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Which sports teams, individuals won state titles this past week?," 4 June 2018 After her miscarriage, Jackie is now determined to win the neighborhood holiday lights competition, focused primarily on beating the current champs who live next door. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Nothing Less Than 20,000 Watts" by Susan Finch," 2 June 2018 Also, the hard-ballin’ in Denver built on the effective inside fastballs the Pads threw in Houston, in the previous series, against the world champs. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In colorful Tweet, Randy Jones (rightly) applauds Perdomo," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of champ

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for champ

Verb

Middle English chammen, champen

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champ

verb

English Language Learners Definition of champ

: to bite and chew on (something) in a noisy way

champ

verb
\ˈchamp \
champed; champing

Kids Definition of champ

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bite and chew noisily a horse champing its bit

champing at the bit

: waiting in an impatient way We were champing at the bit to begin.

champ

noun

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