\ 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 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?, "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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Again, what a poor showing from a former Challenge champ who knows how TJ feels about quitters. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: An elimination upset rocks the bunker," 14 May 2020 Heck, even the preliminary card is tremendous, featuring Donald Cerrone fighting Anthony Pettis and the return of former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum. cleveland, "Order UFC 249: Ferguson vs Gaethje at a discount on ESPN+," 9 May 2020 Didn’t keep some from smoking while on duty, at least until King Kelly, a batting champ who liked to fire up a heater while patrolling the outfield, saw his average suddenly dip precipitously. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "No spitting in baseball: Could the age of coronavirus mark the end of a centuries-old practice?," 8 May 2020 Woody Harrelson is in top-notch dirtbag form as a hard-luck former bowling champ who takes the Amish whiz kid Randy Quaid on the road as his manager and hustler. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "The 10 Funniest Movies on Netflix," 8 Apr. 2020 Robert Voets—CBS Entertainment Among the 18 former champs who did not make the cut, one name arguably stands out the most: Survivor‘s first-ever winner, Richard Hatch. Alex Rees, Time, "Survivor's New Season Brings Back Many of the Show's Most Influential Winners. Where Is Original Champion Richard Hatch?," 12 Feb. 2020 Meendering failed to steer Johnson into victory lane, and the former champ is 12 points out of the 16-driver playoff field with five races left before the cutoff., "Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson gets new crew chief," 29 July 2019 Avon finished 9-14 last season with an 7-11 record in the Southwestern Conference, which saw balanced competition among a slew of teams chasing SWC champ Midview. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Strongsville hiring Kevin Sapara as boys basketball coach, Mike Fitch takes over at Avon," 30 Apr. 2020 After rookie Jay took out legendary Challenge champ CT, this is anyone's game. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: A personal attack results in a champ's downfall," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

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“Champ.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 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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