\ 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 Pac-Man 99 plays like a traditional version of the game, as players chomp down dots while escaping ghosts. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Pac-Man 99' launches Wednesday, turns classic video game into a battle royale," 7 Apr. 2021 Lymph nodes contain immune system cells that can fight and chomp up from the lymph viruses, bacteria, and other things that don’t belong in your body. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, "Can This Covid-19 Coronavirus Vaccine Side Effect Be Mistaken For Cancer?," 3 Mar. 2021 To really stretch our brains past their limits, Bravo sends Meredith and Lisa (and their respective husbands) on a double date to chomp down some burrata while wearing matching outfits. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Recap: Mean Girl Games," 13 Jan. 2021 At a maximum body size of 50 feet long, this ancient mako relative was the largest shark ever to chomp its way through the seas. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Cannibalism in the Womb May Have Made Megalodon a Titanic Terror," 5 Oct. 2020 From teenagers to elderly mah-jong players, the city’s residents chomp furiously to get their fix of the nut’s main stimulant, arecoline. The Economist, "The peddle betel battle A risky stimulant thrives in China’s capital of chewing," 3 Oct. 2020 Other possible solutions include the tiny waxworm, which can chomp through plastic, even polyethylene, a common and non-biodegradable plastic currently clogging up landfills and seas, thanks to its gut bacteria. Jack Guy, CNN, "Scientists create 'super enzyme' that eats plastic bottles six times faster," 29 Sep. 2020 And, even if Sanders does emerge victorious, there are superdelegates chomping at the bit to deny him the nomination, all but certainly teeing up a messier-than-usual showdown on the convention floor in Milwaukee come July. Brianna Provenzano,, "Will There Be A Brokered Convention If No One Gets Enough Delegates?," 3 Mar. 2020 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

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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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Last Updated

19 Apr 2021

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“Chomp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chomp

informal : to chew or bite on something

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