Main definitions of champ in English

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champ1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action.

    • ‘When a horse champs the bit, it is a sign that he no longer resists the action of the hand.’
    • ‘A pervasive gloom hung over this place, woven into the very stillness of the air, disturbed only by the thud of hooves on fallen leaves and now and then a soft clink as one of the mares champed her bit.’
    • ‘The sound behind him of the horses champing and snorting and the carriage creaking propelled him reluctantly up the stairs.’
    • ‘His horse in the silence champed the grasses’
    • ‘Troops of cowgirls in red, white and blue-fringed chaps astride champing horses followed the young men down the parade route.’
    1. 1.1 Munch or chew enthusiastically or noisily.
      ‘he champed on his sandwich’
      • ‘His jaws champed spasmodically, froth appeared on his blackened lips.’
      • ‘No kicking under the table or champing on food during silent grace. No skipping or running in the hallways.’
      • ‘There was a loud champing sound outside, and occasionally growls or grumbling.’
      • ‘The traveller champed meditatively at his steak.’
      chew, chomp, masticate, crunch, scrunch, eat
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  • 2Fret impatiently.

    ‘he was already on the plane, champing to get off to Lagos’
    • ‘Fleet Street's most battle-scarred must be champing to get in there - but they also want to keep heads on shoulders and avoid execution.’
    • ‘The cartons arrived and then came he, champing to get it all organized and to immerse himself in this academic world.’

noun

  • A biting or chewing action.

Phrases

  • champ at the bit

    • Be restlessly impatient to start doing something.

      ‘I was champing at the bit to investigate the shops’
      ‘he has spent the past six months in rehabilitation and is champing at the bit for his comeback’
      • ‘All the artists I have spoken to are champing at the bit.’
      • ‘Anyone lucky enough to have witnessed last year's live spectacle in Scotland will be champing at the bit to get another taster.’
      • ‘I know if I was a striker at the moment, I'd be champing at the bit to play, because you could make yourself a regular for the next 10 years.’
      • ‘He added: ‘We are all champing at the bit to make up for a disappointing few weeks.’’
      • ‘We are champing at the bit, we want to go ahead and build a better railway.’
      • ‘By now, I realise that you're probably all champing at the bit to find out my considered opinions on the various cultural phenomena of the moment.’
      • ‘Everybody is champing at the bit to get involved and I am very confident we will raise the funds required.’
      • ‘So, come Christmas Eve he's champing at the bit.’
      • ‘In the relaxed atmosphere of the early 21st Century, there are limited opportunities to dress up formally, so style-conscious women are champing at the bit to show their flair.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I told them to get totally rested up and now they are champing at the bit.’’
      eager, keen, enthusiastic, full of enthusiasm, impatient, longing, chafing at the bit, champing at the bit, desperate
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Origin

Late Middle English: probably imitative.

Pronunciation

champ

/tʃamp/

Main definitions of champ in English

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champ2

noun

informal
  • A champion.

    ‘he showed the style that was to turn him into a world champ’
    • ‘Back then retired champs used to go to and care about the big championship fights.’
    • ‘The Japanese baseball champs douse their star with Sapporo beer (I love the beer goggles - literally).’
    • ‘I went to high school with future champs.’
    • ‘An unseemly ruck developed for his services, before he eventually chose European champions Northampton ahead of English champs Leicester.’
    • ‘Well, we're going to pick your favorite as we compare the cyclist victories of some other longtime sporting champs.’
    • ‘After the successful launch of last year's snow season in Bulgaria's top winter resort of Bansko with Italian Alberto Tomba, another two skiing champs will cut the ribbon this year.’
    • ‘Then there's the 2003 champ, Matthias, from Switzerland, who mounts fish and is starting to struggle with his conscience.’
    • ‘And it's never too late to lace up and glide toward that dream: Carrier says her Silverbladers range in age from 18 to 70 and in skill from clueless beginners to former champs.’
    • ‘After the white oak the actual ranking of eastern champions becomes somewhat arbitrary because successive champs are often separated by only a few points.’
    • ‘Even the Super Bowl champs said goodbye to four integral players.’
    • ‘I like the Vikings as NFC champs and Super Bowl runners-up.’
    • ‘And there is his belief that Lennox Lewis is one of the five top-ranked heavyweight champs of all time, because he revenged his defeats and then chased Tyson, before obliterating him.’
    • ‘Will the defending champs repeat their victory, even though America has the home course advantage?’
    • ‘So Ferrari are defending champs in both championships.’
    • ‘When his wife runs off with the local darts champ, Colin sets off to Blackpool to win her back.’
    • ‘The match, at RFK stadium in Washington D.C., featured two giants of European football, Barcelona and reigning European champs, A.C. Milan.’
    • ‘No mistake, the Big East is among the country's best basketball conferences, boasting four different national champs in the last 20 years.’
    • ‘Over the years, the number of national champs there dwindled as more and more people in the rest of the country joined in the search for big trees.’
    • ‘It should be pointed out that 14 teams have only one player in the game, including the reigning NL champs, the Astros.’
    • ‘The defending MLS Cup champs were the surprise of the league last year.’
    winner, title-holder, defending champion, gold medallist
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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

champ

/tʃamp/

Main definitions of champ in English

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champ3

noun

mass noun
  • An Irish dish of potatoes mashed with spring onions, butter, and milk.

    ‘he served up mounds of fresh creamy champ with roast lamb’
    • ‘He orders peppered chicken and champ.’
    • ‘I would have liked more scallion in my champ, but Mother ticked me off saying there was plenty in it for her.’
    • ‘I ordered the shank of lamb with potato champ and winter ratatouille.’
    • ‘There has been an Irish stew and champ night organized.’
    • ‘Complementary vegetables were served featuring carrots and very moreish champ.’
    • ‘Chicken breast stuffed with goat's cheese served on champ mash was the meal Sharon chose to show him.’
    • ‘Gordon had an all-American hamburger with fries and I had sausages and champ.’
    • ‘Salmon, fish and chips, sirloin steak, and chicken breast wrapped in bacon served with champ featured among the main courses.’
    • ‘We shared some buttery champ, which had plenty of spring onions and a nice tarragon touch.’
    • ‘He had the grilled ribeye steak with champ, red wine jus and roasted garlic, which I felt was a top-notch rendition.’
    • ‘Presented on a circular bed of creamy champ, this was superb.’
    • ‘She had roast cod fillet for her main course, which was served with champ potato and petit pois.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from champ.

Pronunciation

champ

/tʃamp/