champ

verb
\ ˈchamp How to pronounce champ (audio) , 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 How to pronounce champ (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After the critical success Doctor Who's latest reinvention, helmed by Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall, fans are champing at the bit to see more of Jodie Whittaker's take on the Doctor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Doctor Who Season 12: Everything We Know About Jodie Whittaker's Second Run as the Doctor," 11 Feb. 2019 Many states, including Illinois, are now champing at the bit to get access to the estimated billions of dollars wagered on sports games by Americans. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois has lost the bet for our future, and now might have to sell off Lincoln memorabilia to cover the debt," 16 May 2018 Bobby Wagner and Frank Clark are coming hard and our secondary is gonna be champing at the bit. The Seattle Times, "Pick 'Em," 28 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Rams were Seminole Athletic Conference champs for the fifth year in a row with SAC and district titles in 10 different sports, including baseball, both girls and boys tennis, boys volleyball and boys track and field. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Park is all-sports champ, wins Orlando Sentinel Varsity Cup," 16 June 2018 Even without Steph Curry the Warriors are still the defending champs, and the Pelicans went to Oakland last weekend and pulled off one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Clyde Verdin, NOLA.com, "Confidence building as Pelicans approach NBA playoffs," 11 Apr. 2018 Oak Ridge senior Marquasha Myers, the 4A state triple jump champ who announced her signing with Southern Miss on Tuesday, is set to compete in that event and both hurdles races on Saturday. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "TFA’s Alex Shields among state champs in Golden South Classic," 16 May 2018 The numbers Honda is touting for this new Insight would rank it behind its more successful archrival, the Toyota Prius, as well as the newest mileage champ, the Hyundai Ioniq. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "2019 Honda Insight: The 50-MPG Civic Hybrid Returns," 27 Mar. 2018 Third place went to last year's champ, Mitch Seavey, 58, whose bred-for-speed team struggled in deep snow that slowed the race pace. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "From reality TV to real-deal musher, Jessie Holmes captures Iditarod rookie honors," 15 Mar. 2018 Nadal, meanwhile, is defending champ, and has an easier draw. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fun Anarchy at the 2018 U.S. Open," 26 Aug. 2018 Defending league champ, the Attorney Deron Freeman All-Stars, played BodyRoc Fit Lab in the second game. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Jim Calhoun's Young Players Get A Schooling In The Pro-Am," 11 July 2018 Kevin Harvick leads with five victories, followed by Kyle Busch with four and now, after Sunday’s race, defending Cup Series champ Martin Truex Jr. has three. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Breaking down the clever strategy that gave Martin Truex Jr. a win at Sonoma," 26 June 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 How to pronounce champ (audio) \
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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