\ 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.

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Brian Wood patiently waits for his prey to chomp down on a strawberry. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "South Florida is suffering from an iguana infestation. A solution? Think barbecue.," 11 July 2018 Ever have a run-in at child care with your little one chomping down on another? Christen A. Johnson,, "Printers Row Lit Fest offers up family fun in Lil' Lit Park," 23 May 2018 Two dozen or so Templars—mostly middle-aged guys—are killing beers and whiskey and chomping fat cigars. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 Jeff Bornstein, the shark-fishing, nicotine-gum-chomping, weightlifting CFO, was crying. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 Unaware of the fact that Donald Trump was a like great white shark swimming out under the ocean waiting to come up and chomp them. Fox News, "Former Roger Stone aide challenges Mueller's authority," 17 Aug. 2018 But Suarez has taken the beloved pastime of chomping gum into oblivion and transformed it into an art form. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Eugenio Suarez Can Run, Hit, Throw and Chew Gum at the Same Time," 2 Aug. 2018 The cigar-chomping Mr. Lutz was also no stranger to the spotlight. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Ghosn’s ‘Bigger-Than-Life’ Personality Increasingly Rare in Global Car Business," 19 Nov. 2018 Roughly half of the film is eaten up by Drake's cheeseball villainy and Brock's tater-tot-chomping, woman-hating descent into loserdom—and Venom spends too much time setting these characters up without giving us a logical hook to hang them on. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 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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English Language Learners Definition of chomp

informal : to chew or bite on something

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