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 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 In 1976, the feel-good picture of the year told the story of a scrappy boxer who rises from obscurity, fights the champ — and loses, securing only a moral victory in the process. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The Best Movies That Lost Best Picture at the Oscars," 27 Apr. 2021 In the film Clay, the boisterous new champ, is riding high after his win. Faith Karimi, CNN, "The truth behind the famous meeting of four Black heroes in 'One Night in Miami'," 25 Apr. 2021 Eliana Martinez, who won gold at 102, and Jasmine Robinson, the 148-pound champ, paced the Allen girls’ team title. Dallas News, "2021 UIL state wrestling tournament: Allen sweeps boys, girls 6A championships," 25 Apr. 2021 Pressley said the first round – of five, three-game series that determine the state champ – usually doesn’t involve a lot of scouting of the opponent. al, "Madison Academy relies on experience, balanced team in baseball playoff opener," 20 Apr. 2021 Seven times, a series champ has finished in the top-5 in the season-opener, including four victories. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Alexander Rossi says IndyCar title contenders don't have to win Sunday, 'but it comes down to momentum'," 17 Apr. 2021 Westminster goes after its first outright county crown since 2011, with Century the reigning champ heading into 2021. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Can’t wait to get back’ as spring high school sports practice underway in Carroll County," 17 Apr. 2021 It’s only the 12th time in Masters history that the defending champ missed the cut, though Sergio Garcia (2017) and Danny Willett (2016) suffered the same fate in recent years. BostonGlobe.com, "Bryson DeChambeau (67) finally gets the round he expected to play," 10 Apr. 2021 The victory makes Montverde the consensus national poll champ for the sixth time since 2013 – including last year’s 25-0 team that was not able to play the GEICO event due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Montverde tops Sunrise for GEICO Nationals crown," 3 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/champ. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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

Kids Definition of champ (Entry 2 of 2)

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