chomp

verb

ˈchämp How to pronounce chomp (audio)
ˈchȯmp
chomped; chomping; chomps

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
chomp noun

Examples of chomp in a Sentence

They were chomping burgers at a picnic.
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, the Democratic activist pretending to be a judge is chomping at the bit to lock up Donald Trump, with or without a guilty verdict. Fox News, 8 May 2024 Bing sniffed at it, daintily removed it from the bun, and began to chomp on it, so that the end of it wagged like a cigar. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 During those 40 seconds, the dog chomped on Bates repeatedly, effectively scalping her, according to court papers. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 3 May 2024 This is further aided by vermicompost, a natural fertilizer produced by red wiggler worms that chomp down on food waste and other organic material. Miriam Fauzia, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 With the pull of a lever, a worker activates the hopper’s powerful hydraulic jaw, which chomps down on the trash and compacts it. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 John Waters chatted with Jodie Foster, J.J. Abrams mingled with his agent, CAA’s Maha Dakhil, while Bill Maher chomped on a cigar. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2024 The zoo’s bison and reindeer could also be seen tossing the trees and using them to nestle and scratch before chomping them. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 The active microbes in the soil that chomp away at those fresh chips can tie up lots of soil nitrogen and other nutrients. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of champ

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chomp was in 1581

Dictionary Entries Near chomp

Cite this Entry

“Chomp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chomp. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

chomp

verb
ˈchämp How to pronounce chomp (audio)
ˈchȯmp
1
: to chew or bite on something
2
: champ entry 1 sense 2
usually used in the phrase chomping at the bit
chomp noun

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