Definition of chomp in English:

chomp

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Munch or chew noisily or vigorously.

    ‘she chomped on a roll’
    • ‘She ate her salad neatly while I chomped on some fries.’
    • ‘It did make me smile as I chomped on a pork pie washed down with cava.’
    • ‘But he was not in a talkative mood and chomped his way grumpily through the meal, responding with grunts and monosyllables to all attempts to engage him in conversation.’
    • ‘Sophia wrinkled her nose and looked out the window while Jane angrily chomped on her sandwich.’
    • ‘He picked up one of his own French fries and chomped on it.’
    • ‘Have you ever sat opposite somebody at a meal who chomps their food?’
    • ‘After leaping about 4ft into the air, the cat brought the dragonfly down a final time, lifted it in his paws and chomped on its green and black tail.’
    • ‘I chomped on my croissant as I heard Andrew complain for something like the fourteenth time.’
    • ‘Pests - pick off the red lily beetle and squash it before it chomps your lilies.’
    • ‘The sauce was a little lame, but I could have chomped on the squid all afternoon.’
    • ‘I'm not entirely sure why; I thought something was chomping the roots so I took them outside, dug them up and gave them a ‘sheep dip’ in soapy water which should kill off most things.’
    • ‘The boss man loosened the knot on his tie and angrily chomped on his Havana cigar.’
    • ‘A Titan Triggerfish chomps at some hard coral, as other fish gawp at us curiously or dart away.’
    • ‘Whereas the foxes chomped and swallowed each morsel rapidly and completely, the cat mincingly removed all the choice bits of flesh from the bone and then discarded the rest, moving on to pillage another piece.’
    • ‘I moodily chomped on my buttered toast and took sips of my orange juice.’
    • ‘They will be chomping on chicken drumsticks and hamburgers and walking around everywhere.’
    • ‘Many readers will at this stage not be able to read this column as they will be scrunching up their fists, biting their nails, gnashing their teeth and chomping furiously on all forms of chewing gum!’
    • ‘She left the TV on the sports channel as she reached over to the coffee table, grabbed the half eaten chocolate bar and chomped on it.’
    • ‘I caught him after his autograph session, as he chomped on a hot dog, rapped with passing fans and friends, and accepted two gift baseball caps, which he wore simultaneously.’
    • ‘I forked up some pasta and chomped on it hungrily.’
    consume, devour, ingest, partake of, gobble, gobble down, gobble up, gulp, gulp down, bolt, bolt down, wolf, wolf down, cram down, finish, finish off
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noun

  • A chewing noise or action.

    • ‘‘Thank you, ma'am,’ I say, taking a chomp out of a cookie.’
    • ‘Joe took a chomp out of a hamburger.’
    • ‘Colorful bands on a butterfly's wing provide camouflage among leaves and flowers, of course, but they can also divert a predator's eye toward the butterfly's tail, where a little bite won't matter as much as a chomp on the head.’
    • ‘I had half-heartedly tried growing tomatoes once before in Charleston and knew that these evil pests loved to take a chomp out of a just-ripe tomato.’

Phrases

  • chomp at the bit

    • Be restlessly impatient to start doing something.

      ‘some students are chomping at the bit to learn’
      ‘I'm actually chomping at the bit for next week 's season finale’
      eager, keen, enthusiastic, full of enthusiasm, impatient, longing, chafing at the bit, champing at the bit, desperate
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Origin

Mid 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

chomp

/tʃɒmp/