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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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 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 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 The Justice Department’s real position is that legal technicalities require the judiciary to make a chump out of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 Being Chuck-ed by The Men not only leaves another welt in a psyche stuffed with them, but also marks you as a chump. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 28 July 2021 For some reason, Da'Vonne is still treating David like a chump player, and putting full trust in Dani and Nicole. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, 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, 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, SFChronicle.com, 13 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Chump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chump. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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chump

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chump

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

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