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 bit he 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

After the critical success Doctor Who's latest reinvention, helmed by Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall, fans are champing at the bit to see more of Jodie Whittaker's take on the Doctor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Doctor Who Season 12: Everything We Know About Jodie Whittaker's Second Run as the Doctor," 11 Feb. 2019 Many states, including Illinois, are now champing at the bit to get access to the estimated billions of dollars wagered on sports games by Americans. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois has lost the bet for our future, and now might have to sell off Lincoln memorabilia to cover the debt," 16 May 2018 Bobby Wagner and Frank Clark are coming hard and our secondary is gonna be champing at the bit. The Seattle Times, "Pick 'Em," 28 Oct. 2018 Still, Republicans were champing at the bit to take on Manchin in 2018, and eventually Morrisey, the state attorney general, emerged from a bitter three-way primary as the nominee. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Joe Manchin reelected in West Virginia: the most conservative Senate Democrat survives," 7 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Channing Tatum lost a game of Jenga to his girlfriend Jessie J and took his defeat like a champ. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Channing Tatum Posted a Naked Photo to Instagram After Losing a Bet to Jessie J," 3 May 2019 And last, but most competitive, designer and photographer Ana Kraš presented a boxing shot, showing us how to knock out the week like a champ. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Jorja Smith, Emily Ratajkowski, and More," 7 Apr. 2019 The champs Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in Brazil en route to the 2014 World Cup title. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Your guide to the World Cup you forgot was happening," 13 June 2018 Reigning state champ senior Jae Crawford of Boone was second at 126-7. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, ""Region of Death" track and field report | West Orange girls, Brantley boys take titles," 26 Apr. 2018 Understandable, considering the Dodgers’ prominence as defending National League champs and the Marlins’ bottom-feeding status. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jarlin Garcia pitching like an ace for struggling Marlins," 24 Apr. 2018 His departure also means there are just seven players left on the roster who were part of the team’s Super Bowl champs following the 2013 season. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks punter Jon Ryan released, says goodbye to Seattle," 20 Aug. 2018 Last year as defending champ, Senior Senator and Poretz failed to make it over the third fence. Mike Frainie, baltimoresun.com, "Senior Senator rolls to victory in 122nd Maryland Hunt Cup," 28 Apr. 2018 Country star Carrie Underwood is juggling her two tots like an absolute champ. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Share First Video of Their Life With Baby Jacob," 3 Mar. 2019

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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 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

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