\ ˈchämp How to pronounce chomp (audio) , 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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Other Words from chomp

chomp noun

Examples of chomp in a Sentence

They were chomping burgers at a picnic.
Recent Examples on the Web Those faces include what looks like a bespectacled male, a pipe-chomping sailor and a not-so-merry soul with a swollen cheek. San Antonio Express-News, "The Gargoyles Guarding S.A.," 28 Mar. 2020 The third gator completely disappeared from its harness before any marine creatures were seen eating it, leading researchers to speculate that a shark chomped through the rope to haul the gator carcass away. Fox News, "Bone-eating life-form found in strange alligator-corpse study," 15 Jan. 2020 Add one more to the 2bn people worldwide who chomp insects. The Economist, "Grubs up Why eating bugs is so popular in Congo," 14 Nov. 2019 What really matters is that panfish—and bluegill especially—will chomp a sponge arachnid even when the bite is slow. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 The race to put satellites in space is on, with Amazon, U.K.-based OneWeb and other companies chomping at the bit to place thousands of satellites in orbit in the coming months. William Akoto, The Conversation, "Hackers could shut down satellites – or turn them into weapons," 12 Feb. 2020 There's a 20-year gap between politicians who have been there a long time and folks who are hungry and chomping at the bit for something different. Brian Slodysko, Indianapolis Star, "'I join you for the first time as a retiree': Pete Buttigieg addresses U.S. mayor's conference," 23 Jan. 2020 Times change, tastes change and cities certainly do, too, as threads of redevelopments and gentrification chomp at the heels of escapism and night-time hedonism. Leah Connolly, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: London," 9 Jan. 2020 The first day of the 2020 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo was blue-skied, crisp and windy as the crowds milled happily about the grounds, petting pigs and chomping on corn dogs. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Puns and pigs aplenty at Stock Show and Rodeo opening day," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of chomp was in 1581

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24 May 2020

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“Chomp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chomp

informal : to chew or bite on something

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