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 Team to beat: Oak Ridge (21-9) lost to 7A champ Miramar in an overtime state semifinal last season and brought back the house. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school boys basketball season preview," 24 Nov. 2020 That type of talent has Scott and his coach champing at the bit to get back on the field while much of the country remains dormant during the coronavirus pandemic. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Euclid football standout Armond Scott commits to Kentucky," 5 May 2020 Will any lessons from these countries be learned in the West, where countries are several weeks behind in their outbreaks, but many governments are already champing at the bit to relax lockdowns, despite sky-high infection rates? James Griffiths, CNN, "Western countries want to reopen. Renewed outbreaks in China and South Korea show the continued risk," 11 May 2020 And the hallowed golf immortals—like U.S. Open champs Nicklaus, Watson and Woods—that shadow your every shot? David Weiss, WSJ, "Are Elite Golf Courses Worth the Steep Fees?," 22 Jan. 2020 But all of this comes as secondary to the real story, the one people are champing at the bit to hear...what does his social media tell us? SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Nsoki to Newcastle, Watkins to Palace, Darmian to Barcelona and More," 29 July 2019 The former vice president then emphasized that President Trump is champing at the bit to label the Democrats as socialists. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Biden goes on attack, slams Buttigieg and Sanders after taking ‘gut punch’ in Iowa," 6 Feb. 2020 However, the New England Patriots were 4.5 favorites against Tennessee and that didn't stop Mike Vrabel's squad from handing the defending Super Bowl champs a resounding defeat. Adam Renuart, CNN, "The Ravens look to extend their winning streak against the Titans in the NFL's Divisional Round," 11 Jan. 2020 Like Rantanen, Burakovsky (6-foot-3, 201 pounds) and Nichushkin (6-4, 210) are large left-shooting right-wingers who are champing at the bit to play on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Avalanche preseason opener in the books. When will Mikko Rantanen show up?," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Pac-12 champ had to go somewhere, but the Ducks’ presence here along with the three-loss Cyclones makes this the least compelling of the majors. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Watchability rankings: Which college football bowl games, including the CFP semifinals, are best bets for excitement," 30 Dec. 2020 The Pac-12 champ will at most be 7-0 with maybe one Top 25 win on its résumé if that. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's championship hopes more promising after College Football Playoff rankings," 26 Nov. 2020 The conventional wisdom held that the Big 12 champ would probably have to go unbeaten to withstand the scrutiny from the selection committee and make the four-team field. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "With no undefeated teams, Big 12 College Football Playoff hopes decline while regular season intrigue grows," 2 Nov. 2020 Oregon coach Mario Cristobal says the Pac-12 champ deserves consideration for the CFP, even after only seven games. oregonlive, "Two weeks ago the UO Board of Trustees apparently wasn’t aware 2020 football was an option: Issues & Answers," 27 Sep. 2020 My 2002 Toyota Corolla workhorse has just over 100,000 miles and still runs like a champ. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, "Motormouth: Clear all the personal data before selling your car," 26 Mar. 2021 The Los Angeles Laker star is many things: A four-time MVP, four-time NBA champ, two-time Olympic gold medalist, one-time Space Jam: A New Legacy and EW cover star. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Space Jam: A New Legacy," 15 Mar. 2021 As a result, this tablet is speedy and can take on multitasking like a champ. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "The latest Apple iPad Air is our all-time favorite tablet—and it's on sale now," 25 Feb. 2021 Washington, the reigning division champ, has an incredible defensive front but is largely resetting at quarterback after Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 and the Dwayne Haskins draft misfire in 2019. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Eagles trading Carson Wentz underscores opportunity facing the Cowboys, Dak Prescott," 18 Feb. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/champ. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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

Kids Definition of champ (Entry 2 of 2)

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