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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When a horse champs the bit, it is a sign that he no longer resists the action of the hand.’
    1. 1.1Munch or chew enthusiastically or noisily.
      ‘he champed on his sandwich’
      • ‘There was a loud champing sound outside, and occasionally growls or grumbling.’
      • ‘His jaws champed spasmodically, froth appeared on his blackened lips.’
      • ‘The traveller champed meditatively at his steak.’
      • ‘No kicking under the table or champing on food during silent grace. No skipping or running in the hallways.’
  • 2Fret impatiently.

    ‘he was already on the plane, champing to get off to Lagos’
    • ‘The cartons arrived and then came he, champing to get it all organized and to immerse himself in this academic world.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • [in singular] A biting or chewing action.

Phrases

  • champ (or chomp or chafe) at the bit

    • Be restlessly impatient to start doing something.

      ‘I was champing at the bit to investigate the shops’
      • ‘He said: ‘I told them to get totally rested up and now they are champing at the bit.’’
      • ‘So, come Christmas Eve he's 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are champing at the bit, we want to go ahead and build a better railway.’
      • ‘He added: ‘We are all champing at the bit to make up for a disappointing few weeks.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the artists I have spoken to are champing at the bit.’
      • ‘Everybody is champing at the bit to get involved and I am very confident we will raise the funds required.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An unseemly ruck developed for his services, before he eventually chose European champions Northampton ahead of English champs Leicester.’
    • ‘No mistake, the Big East is among the country's best basketball conferences, boasting four different national champs in the last 20 years.’
    • ‘Well, we're going to pick your favorite as we compare the cyclist victories of some other longtime sporting champs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will the defending champs repeat their victory, even though America has the home course advantage?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Japanese baseball champs douse their star with Sapporo beer (I love the beer goggles - literally).’
    • ‘When his wife runs off with the local darts champ, Colin sets off to Blackpool to win her back.’
    • ‘Even the Super Bowl champs said goodbye to four integral players.’
    • ‘I like the Vikings as NFC champs and Super Bowl runners-up.’
    • ‘I went to high school with future champs.’
    • ‘Then there's the 2003 champ, Matthias, from Switzerland, who mounts fish and is starting to struggle with his conscience.’
    • ‘The match, at RFK stadium in Washington D.C., featured two giants of European football, Barcelona and reigning European champs, A.C. Milan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Back then retired champs used to go to and care about the big championship fights.’
    • ‘After the white oak the actual ranking of eastern champions becomes somewhat arbitrary because successive champs are often separated by only a few points.’
    • ‘So Ferrari are defending champs in both championships.’
    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’
    • ‘I ordered the shank of lamb with potato champ and winter ratatouille.’
    • ‘We shared some buttery champ, which had plenty of spring onions and a nice tarragon touch.’
    • ‘Gordon had an all-American hamburger with fries and I had sausages and champ.’
    • ‘There has been an Irish stew and champ night organized.’
    • ‘He orders peppered chicken and champ.’
    • ‘Presented on a circular bed of creamy champ, this was superb.’
    • ‘Chicken breast stuffed with goat's cheese served on champ mash was the meal Sharon chose to show him.’
    • ‘He had the grilled ribeye steak with champ, red wine jus and roasted garlic, which I felt was a top-notch rendition.’
    • ‘Salmon, fish and chips, sirloin steak, and chicken breast wrapped in bacon served with champ featured among the main courses.’
    • ‘She had roast cod fillet for her main course, which was served with champ potato and petit pois.’
    • ‘I would have liked more scallion in my champ, but Mother ticked me off saying there was plenty in it for her.’
    • ‘Complementary vegetables were served featuring carrots and very moreish champ.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from champ.

Pronunciation:

champ

/tʃamp/