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 bithe 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 He's assured of repeating as NFL rushing champ, the first since Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006-07. Barry Wilner, ajc, "NFL races go down to the wire in AFC South and NFC East," 2 Jan. 2021 The former Texas standout is a 10-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, two-time league champ, two-time Finals MVP and one-time league MVP. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich a fan of Fiesta uniforms," 23 Dec. 2020 Buzz: The Seminoles won the first FHSAA football state final between Central Florida teams to become the first undefeated state champ (12-0) from Central Florida. Steve Gorches, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school scores, top performers from Saturday, Dec. 19," 19 Dec. 2020 This squad should challenge defending Suburban League National Division champ North Royalton among a field with Stow, Twinsburg and Brecksville also in the chase. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Who is No. 1? Presenting the 2020-21 cleveland.com preseason boys basketball Top 25," 27 Nov. 2020 Even Woods, the defending Masters champ, expressed something akin to awe toward DeChambeau’s weight gain and game change. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Bryson DeChambeau pauses in his conquest of golf, but is still likely to be a Masters factor," 12 Nov. 2020 There’s a certain defending champ that Duncan is especially excited to be around this week after watching his five previous Masters wins on TV. Garrett Johnston, The Indianapolis Star, "Purdue's Tyler Duncan looking forward to his first Masters this week," 11 Nov. 2020 Least champ, the Philadelphia Eagles, plus two teams each from the NFC North (Packers, Bears) and NFC South (Saints, Buccaneers). Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL power rankings: Possible supersized playoffs gives Detroit Lions even more hope," 3 Nov. 2020 The New Zealand driver came to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 72-point lead over defending series champ Josef Newgarden and a chance to clinch his sixth championship for team owner Chip Ganassi. Michael Marot, Star Tribune, "Power claims another pole at Indy, Dixon's woes continue," 3 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of champ was in the 14th century

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4 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Champ.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/champ. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for champ

champ

verb
How to pronounce champ (audio)

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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