\ ˈchəmp How to pronounce chump (audio) \
plural chumps

Definition of chump

informal : a person who is easily tricked : a stupid or foolish person When you get down to it, he's a sucker. A chump. He's spent more time and money on me in six weeks than all the men I've known put together.— Terry McMillan — see also chump change

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Examples of chump in a Sentence

the guy trying to unload that used car must have thought that I was a chump
Recent Examples on the Web For some reason, Da'Vonne is still treating David like a chump player, and putting full trust in Dani and Nicole. Kyle Fowle,, "Big Brother recap: There's a new HOH, and The Committee continues to steamroll the competition," 21 Sep. 2020 Americans invented business English and confessional poetry; doing business in the UK is an entirely different thing, and confession there is a chump’s game. Ange Mlinko, The New York Review of Books, "‘A Walk Through Someone Else’," 10 Mar. 2020 Chicken pho at Bun Mee San Francisco International Airport’s food offerings have gotten a lot of press lately for bringing in powerhouses Tartine, Cala and Pim Techamuanvivit’s Kamin, but those are out of reach for chumps flying domestic. Soleil Ho,, "The most despair-inducing Bay Area dishes of 2019," 13 Jan. 2020 Until then, playing both ends of back-to-backs is for rookies, lightweights and chumps. Scott Ostler,, "On Giants’ next manager, Warriors’ secret plot, and killer burgers," 9 Nov. 2019 The Gophers almost went from wannabe champs to looking-to-be chumps. Bob Sansevere, Twin Cities, "Bob Sansevere: Gophers’ aspirations and expectations survive, barely," 29 Aug. 2019 After all, being a hero of the anti-Trump resistance, especially when Amazon lately has been vilified from the left, is better than being the chump starring in a garden-variety case of rich-guy infidelity. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Suddenly, Bezos Is Media’s Hero," 12 Feb. 2019 Given that deduction, remaining a salaried employee is really for chumps. Houston Chronicle, "A tax dodge for all people, or at least some people," 8 Apr. 2018 Stuck working in the city like a chump while your friends make their weekend treks to coastal properties? Shannon Rooney,, "Three suburban Philly pools fit for an epic staycation," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of chump

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chump

perhaps blend of chunk and lump

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The first known use of chump was in 1872

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3 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chump

informal : a person who is easy to trick : a stupid or foolish person

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