\ ˈchämp , ˈchȯmp \
chomped; chomping; chomps

Definition of chomp 

intransitive verb

1 : to chew or bite on something

2 : champ sense 2 usually used in the phrase chomping at the bit

transitive verb

: to chew or bite on

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chomp noun

Examples of chomp in a Sentence

They were chomping burgers at a picnic.

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Lopez sliced through a clean, we-miss-the-'00s dance performance while cigar-chomping Khaled, ever the puzzle, threw money at the audience. Rebecca Farley,, "The 2018 BBMAs Didn't Know What To Do. So, They Did Everything.," 21 May 2018 Cigar-chomping Cohen, on the other hand, is not and never has been a government employee. Samuel Hine, GQ, "The MAGA Men Who Love Ultra-High-End Italian Suiting," 8 May 2018 The pumps chomp up all manner of fish, including salmon and endangered tiny native smelt. George Skelton,, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 Now, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the bench has American conservatives chomping at the bit: with the swing vote removed and replaced with a nominee of President Trump’s choosing, perhaps the 1973 ruling can be overturned. Jonathan Zimmerman, The New Republic, "Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Remake American Politics," 5 July 2018 Miki Sudo held on to her title as the top women's competitor at the annual Brooklyn eat-off, chomping 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year. Houston Chronicle, "Joey Chestnut downs a record 74 franks for 11th title," 4 July 2018 Probably chomping at the bit to, but not going to do it. Fox News, "Nancy Pelosi mocks the Trump economy," 9 June 2018 As such, conservatives are chomping at the bit to get their hands on affirmative action and Trump’s latest move is a signal to where this is all headed. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "2 Birds, 1 Racist President: Trump to Undo Obama Policy That Used Race as Factor for Diversity in Schools," 4 July 2018 There is also one of the great Bond assassins in Jaws (Richard Kiel), a large man with metal teeth who chomps a shark to death. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of chomp

1581, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chomp

alteration of champ

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14 Sep 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of chomp

: to chew or bite on something

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