\ 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 bithe was champing at the bit to begin


\ 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 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 With so many issues plaguing the Pixel 4, early adopters are likely champing at the bit waiting for updates to arrive. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The Google Pixel 4 isn't getting the November Security Update on time and that's a problem," 8 Nov. 2019 With a broken jaw and caved-in teeth, Nikita Zadorov was nevertheless champing at the bit to return to the Avalanche lineup. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "How Avalanche’s Nikita Zadorov returned to the ice days after breaking his jaw," 24 Nov. 2019 Are the defending Stanley Cup champs the only real problem for Colorado this season? — RC, Denver No, no, RC, there are many really good teams in the mix. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avs Mailbag: Fans frustrated as Altitude TV dispute continues, Mikko Rantanen update and more," 25 Oct. 2019 The Hawks on Friday night faces defending Division III champs Eielson at home. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "’Everything’s clicking’: Houston football team rises from quake chaos to historic undefeated season," 11 Oct. 2019 Laureano was champing at the bit to return to action. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics reinstate Ramón Laureano from IL," 6 Sep. 2019 None of this suggests Enterprise is champing at the bit to buy any stake in Western Midstream at a high price. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Oxy and the MLPs Get Struck by Lightning," 1 Aug. 2019 Thanks to English golfer Paul Casey, golf fans around the world have learned one very odd rule that could have cost the European Open champ his victory. Ashley Boucher,, "PGA Golfer Paul Casey Avoids a Penalty After His Golf Ball Hit a Bug Thanks to Weird Rule," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But credit goes where credit is due, and as sports cities go, Boston was the undisputed champ of the 2010s, competing for titles on turf and on dirt, with bats and with pads, on ice and with rims, with sticks and on grass., "So, Boston fans, how has your sports decade gone?," 31 Dec. 2019 Seavey, a third-generation Iditarod musher whose grandfather Dan was a race pioneer and whose dad Mitch is a three-time champ, has yet to return to the race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The final countdown: Our top 3 Alaska sports stories of the decade," 29 Dec. 2019 Winters Mill is the reigning wrestling county champ, while Century (boys) and South Carroll (girls) won team titles at the annual indoor track county meet. Pat Stoetzer,, "High School Sports: Carroll County football players set to star in regional all-star game," 30 Nov. 2019 Best of all, the Powerbeats Pro are by far the current battery life champ among true wireless earbuds, getting more than 11 hours of continuous use in our testing. Valentina Palladino And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The most useful gadgets to have in your bag while traveling," 20 Nov. 2019 Not many are chambered for it, more’s the pity. Because ballistically this is the world’s reigning rimfire champ. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Rimfire Showdown: .22 WMR vs. .17 HMR vs. .17 WSM," 18 Nov. 2019 McGill-Toolen is the region champ and the top seed. Ben Thomas |, al, "Coastal Week 11 Picks: Clearing up the Class 6A, Region 1 playoff picture ... kind of," 29 Oct. 2019 Colgate is the reigning champ and the Raiders have tested themselves with non-conference games against Auburn, Syracuse, Cincinnati, and Clemson., "Boston College/ACC," 25 Dec. 2019 UMS-Wright, the reigning three-time 4A champ, moves up to 5A by enrollment. Ben Thomas |, al, "Breaking down AHSAA fall reclassification in Mobile and Coastal Alabama," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of champ


14th century, 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Champ.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce champ (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of champ

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


\ 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.



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