\ 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


\ ˈchamp How to pronounce champ (audio) \

Definition of champ (Entry 2 of 2)

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
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,, 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, 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, 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, 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?, 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, 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, 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, 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Poole didn’t think much about leading the NBA, partly because Curry, the all-time leader at 90.8%, is a four-time league champ. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2022 According to the fitness champ, consistency is one of the most important aspects to any workout plan. Elijah Rawls, Men's Health, 21 Apr. 2022 Woods’ odds to win were 50/1 at FanDuel Sportsbook at the start of The Masters, 33/1 after Round 1 Thursday, and his adjusted odds to win are now 100/1 as the 5-time Masters champ continues his weekend at Augusta. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 In addition to hosting her daily chat fest, the original American Idol champ is also busy these days hosting American Song Contest with Snoop Dogg. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 30 Mar. 2022 Last year, Larson, the 2021 Cup series champ, won the feature race in come-from-behind fashion, taking the lead from Justin Grant on Lap 38 in the 39-lap event on the quarter-mile dirt track. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Mar. 2022 After steaming easily through match after match this year, the champ was given its toughest matchup of the tournament yet by the stunner 4-seed Moozie from Brink. Rasputin Todd, The Enquirer, 27 Mar. 2022 Iowa – the conference tourney champ – getting upset by Richmond in the first round. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2022 Chayce Beckham, the Season 19 champ, will be on hand, as well. Mary Colurso |, al, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of champ


1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for champ


Middle English chammen, champen

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\ 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.



Kids Definition of champ (Entry 2 of 2)

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