\ 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 While ordinary attendees chomp down on hot dogs and sodas, Hard Rock Stadium's Centerplate Executive Chef Dayanny De la Cruz has something special planned for the high rollers. Kevin Conlon, CNN, "Here's what a $40,000 Super Bowl ticket will get you," 25 Jan. 2020 The Boyces, of Palm Beach Gardens, were out on a rainy morning last Saturday to hunt deer when a 10-foot gator chomped down on James Boyce’s right leg, below the knee. Tonya Alanez,, "Hunter attacked by gator tells how he was prepared to die in swampy wilderness," 12 Nov. 2019 Miki Sudo had already won the women’s competition by chomping down 31 hot dogs. Ali Swenson, Twin Cities, "We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title," 4 July 2019 In the morning, Miki Sudo won the women's competition by chomping down 31 hot dogs. CBS News, "Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo defend titles at Fourth of July hot dog eating contest," 4 July 2019 Miki Sudo won the women’s competition by chomping down 31 hot dogs. Ali Swenson,, "Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut stomachs 71 hot dogs to win the annual Nathan’s contest at Coney Island," 4 July 2019 Wrecking machines with hydraulic claws will chomp away at the former Showcase cineplex for the next several weeks, pulling out metal, concrete, sheetrock and other debris and piling it for recycling and disposal. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Movie dates and the dawn of the blockbuster: East Hartford cineplex demolition triggers local memories," 9 Nov. 2019 At one Louisiana party, an expectant father wedged a melon into an alligator's jaws; when the gator chomped down, the melon split open, spattering blue goo everywhere, to cheers from the crowd. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "A woman died from an explosion at a gender reveal party," 27 Oct. 2019 Seymour was an orphan until Mr. Mushnik (a bagel-chomping, wholly real and unerringly wonderful Kevin Chamberlin) took him in and gave him a menial job, meatloaf and water, and every other Sunday off. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Pasadena Playhouse finds humanity amid the musical camp," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chomp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chomp

informal : to chew or bite on something

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