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

The other players are Ryan Fenster, Kyle Jones, Rob Worman, Alan Dunn, Steven Grade, Eric R. Backes, Anneke Garcia, Lindsey Shultz, Gilbert Collins, Rachel Lindgren, college champ Dhruv Gaur and teachers champ Francois Barcomb. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Jeopardy!’: James Holzhauer returns in November," 9 July 2019 Recent Grand Slam champ out in round one in singles. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Wimbledon Midterm Grades: Gauff, Serena, Big Three Get Top Marks From Week One," 6 July 2019 After a net gain of a dozen House seats in 2018, Democrats are champing at the bit to win over vulnerable GOP seats and potentially flip the lower chamber. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Looking to flip GOP-held Texas House seat in Dallas, Democrat Shawn Terry announces $235,000 haul," 1 July 2019 The de facto visitors did not get off a single shot in the first half and struggled to maintain possession against a French team practically champing at the bit in the attacking third. Ashley Scoby, Pro Soccer USA, "France delights sellout crowd in Paris with 4-0 win over South Korea in World Cup opener," 9 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My mentor, my champ, my MVP, my school teacher, my first Jay Brown (co-founder and CEO of Roc Nation). Sydney Scott, Essence, "Awwww! Rihanna Shares Emotional Reunion With High School PE Teacher," 3 July 2019 Teen Tournament champ and win the $100,000 grand prize. oregonlive.com, "Portland’s ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Avi Gupta on winning $100,000: ‘It was like stepping into my TV’," 2 July 2019 Yet Chasing Citra is the real deal, a semi-hazy IPA that looks like orange juice, smells like a fruit salad and drinks like a champ, with mango, grapefruit and tangerine floating over a bread-like malt base. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Benchmark Brewing’s final bow," 20 June 2019 The season had opened up for the Vikings with a tough matchup versus out of conference and Gold Coast league champs, Pine Crest-Boca and the Vikings were able to pull out a close win as Anosier led all scorers with 12 points in the 32-27 victory. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "St. Vincent Ferrer Vikings win back-to-back titles in boys hoops," 7 June 2019 The other state champs -- Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A-3A), Montgomery Academy (4A-5A) and Homewood (6A) -- also have players on the First Team. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "Meet the 2019 coaches Super All-State girls soccer team," 3 June 2019 The defending division champs carry a season-high 6 ½-game lead into Wrigley Field for a four-game series and, at the very least, seem far less flawed than their rivals who enjoyed much glitzier winters. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Braves ready to run away with NL East? 'It's hard not to notice us'," 24 June 2019 These moves all come as the Toronto Raptors took a potential one-year risk by trading for Kawhi Leonard, who helped them win this year’s NBA championship by beating the defending champ Golden State Warriors. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Zion Williamson and Other Top NBA Draft Picks Are About to Cash In. Here's How Much They Could Make," 21 June 2019 The defending champs are off to a respectable 5-4 start this season without their young star. Matthew Gutierrez, courant.com, "Seattle Storm weathers Breanna Stewart’s injury, but the entire WNBA feels her absence," 20 June 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

Kids Definition of champ (Entry 2 of 2)

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