\ 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


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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 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 Jacob Kibodi, Cordarrian Richardson, Deneric Prince and Isaiah Spiller, too, are champing to earn carries in Fisher’s offense emphasizing a grinding running game. Brent Zwerneman,, "Fisher, Mond plan for improvement in Year 2," 31 July 2019 Here’s 10 questions for the Super Bowl champs going into their training camp: 1., "Can Tom Brady outrun Father Time? 10 questions for the New England Patriots as training camp opens," 31 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Klein Collins, San Antonio Madison and Bellaire were the champs leading up to the 2010 tournament. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Invitational closes the book on its first full decade with this past weekend’s action," 26 Nov. 2019 Oregon freshman Cole Hocker, who won a state title on this course for Cathedral last year and was Foot Locker champ, was 50th at 5K and finished 69th. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Jaret Carpenter runs to 10th, leads Purdue to historic 11th in NCAAs," 23 Nov. 2019 North Branford is the second seed and won in 2006 and 2017 and was the co-champ in 1981. Dan Brechlin,, "Redemption, a four-peat and the game of the day: Here are 7 storylines to watch for at Connecticut’s high school state championships this weekend," 22 Nov. 2019 But that’s nothing compared with Harvick, Busch and Truex, who are also all past champs. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "After 14 years, Denny Hamlin is ready for his moment in NASCAR's title race," 16 Nov. 2019 One, the opossum, is a tick-eliminating champ, grooming away 96 percent of tick larvae that infest it, a research study says. National Geographic, "Holographic elephants shine new light on tradition—and other innovations," 5 Nov. 2019 There are a lot of reasons the Washington Nationals are World Series champs: the bats of Howie Kendrick, Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon; the arms of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg; the brain of Davey Martinez. John Kelly, Washington Post, "My colonoscopy diary: Talk about being behind the Washington Nationals," 3 Nov. 2019 Pushy, opinionated Ed Shannon, half Nat’s age, shows up one fine day at the badminton club where Nat is a champ. Richard Lipez,, "John le Carré’s new thriller takes aim at Trump, Brexit and the Russia mess," 24 Oct. 2019 Anibal Sanchez of the Nationals is a former ERA champ who almost tossed a no-hitter in the NLCS; Washington’s Patrick Corbin is a two-time All-Star. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's World Series Has All the Makings of a Classic. Here's What to Know," 22 Oct. 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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1 Dec 2019

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“Champ.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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