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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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 If Miliband was vigorously champing at the bit to fit all his insight into a swift hour, then Pullman was a slow burner. Thomas Barrie, A-LIST, "Notes from the Hay Festival," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Poland threw an eight-inning complete game, and had a leadoff triple in the eighth to set off a four-run avalanche, as the defending 4A champs notched a 5-1 victory. Brent Glasgow, Indianapolis Star, "HS baseball: Cathedral explodes in extra innings, heads back to Victory Field," 9 June 2018 Henderson’s Justen Lucas replaced struggling starter Brady Bash in the third and held the defending district champs to four single in 4 1/3 innings. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "West Chester Henderson rallies late to earn first PIAA District 1 baseball title," 29 May 2018 With a win, Houston can eliminate the defending champs and reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Mike D’Antoni winning the coaching battle against Steve Kerr?," 25 May 2018 Back-to-back bogeys by Frodigh in combination with a pair of pars by Parziale enabled the reigning MassAm champ to pull within two with three holes remaining. Mia Berry, BostonGlobe.com, "Defending MassAm champion Matt Parziale falls in quarters," 12 July 2018 But the celebrities all tee off from the first tee beginning at noon, with reigning Travelers champ Jordan Spieth and Jets receiver Jermaine Kearse leading off in that time slot. Staff Report, courant.com, "Travelers Championship Releases Celebrity Pro-Am Pairings," 19 June 2018 Germany’s team went into the game as the reigning world champs, with a long and consistent history of strong World Cup performances. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Pictures of People Losing Their Minds Over Mexico’s World Cup Win," 18 June 2018 Other exciting group stage match-ups include reigning champ Germany vs. Mexico on Sunday, June 17 at 11 A.M. EST; Brazil vs. Switzerland on Sunday, June 17 at 2 P.M. EST; and Argentina vs. Croatia on Thursday, June 21 at 2 P.M. EST. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Here's How to Watch the World Cup 2018 Live Over the Next Month," 14 June 2018 The reigning state champs had a rough day at the ball park Thursday in Fairbanks. Anchorage Daily News, "Defending champ South stumbles at state softball tourney," 1 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 \
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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