chump

noun
\ 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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Synonyms for chump

Synonyms

dupe, gull, mug [chiefly British], patsy, pigeon, pushover, sap, soft touch, sucker, tool

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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

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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, Philly.com, "Three suburban Philly pools fit for an epic staycation," 5 June 2018 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 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 Old Verlander is making the Verlander of old look like a chump. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Reinvigorated and Brilliant Justin Verlander Reaches 2,500 Strikeouts," 17 May 2018 What if, somehow, Larry got hurt stepping over this chump? Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: What happens when Larry Fitzgerald takes on a bozo sports columnist? Find out here," 21 Apr. 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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chump

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chump

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

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