\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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Other Words from chomp

chomp noun

Examples of chomp in a Sentence

They were chomping burgers at a picnic.

Recent Examples on the Web

Even House Speaker Paul Ryan isn't immune from rodents chomping on his vehicle's engine wiring. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Reports: Woodchucks feast on House Speaker Paul Ryan's SUV wiring," 12 July 2018 Green iguanas began to take over Puerto Rico in the early 2000s, undermining roadways, chomping on native plants and harassing islanders. Ellie Rushing,, "Chicken of the trees: Eating South Florida's iguanas," 29 June 2018 Being in the presence of goats, who may pee on our mats or chomp on our hair, was a way to rejoice in the way things are. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Goat yoga comes to Alaska: part workout, part petting zoo, all fun," 25 June 2018 All of this promising stuff can be combined with chomping on a delicious Cornish pasty in the former tin-mining community of Mineral Point, about 30 minutes south. Chris Jones,, "Summer theater road trip! Stratford, Spring Green and the theater of Saugatuck," 21 June 2018 Steph Curry probably gets trolled more for chomping on his mouthpiece than any president ever got for his foreign policy. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 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

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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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28 Sep 2018

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The first known use of chomp was in 1581

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English Language Learners Definition of chomp

: to chew or bite on something

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