plural chumps
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

Example Sentences

the guy trying to unload that used car must have thought that I was a chump
Recent Examples on the Web In my first biology textbooks in middle or high school, an 18th-century French biologist named Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was the chump of the chapters on evolution. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 27 Apr. 2011 Nash thinks that the butterfly uses M.ruginodis as a back-up host, a safe chump to manipulate when M.rubra evolves a strong enough resistance to its lies. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2010 Joining the co-hosts in blue-hued purgatory is interim showrunner Michael Davies, who replaced that chump of a man who tried to give himself the hosting gig earlier this year. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 If, as Mock suggests, the organic consumer could be seen as a chump, Constant’s greater disregard may have been for the organic regulators and traders who agreed to take him at his word. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 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, 26 Mar. 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, 26 Mar. 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, 26 Mar. 2020 And seeing as your bottled water probably came from municipal pipes anyway, you’re being played for a chump by the roughly $200-billion U.S. beverage industry. Cheers! Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

perhaps blend of chunk and lump

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chump was in 1872

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“Chump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chump. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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