Definition of chump in English:



  • 1informal A foolish or easily deceived person.

    ‘I was left feeling a bit of a chump’
    • ‘There is a fine line between being Churchill and being a chump, and we'll let history decide who you are.’
    • ‘What's remarkable is that I had colleagues that actually characterized this chump as a ‘scientist’.’
    • ‘Some people might say Herman's a chump who deserves whatever ill treatment he gets, but he is clearly the more sympathetic figure in the film.’
    • ‘But he made it sound like I'm just some chump who doesn't know how to play.’
    • ‘Without luck, even the most prepared, determined and talented athlete threatens to become something for which only boxers have, thus far, coined a phrase: a champ in the gym, a chump in the ring.’
    • ‘Being the poor chump who now lives in their former premises, I suspect that this won't be the last I hear of all this.’
    • ‘It is an unalterable truth of presidential politics that the story line is never fixed and yesterday's chump is often tomorrow's champion.’
    • ‘This is a bold and dynamic role Kaufman has written for himself: the hero as chump, and chump as hero, hunched miserably over his typewriter.’
    • ‘Nowadays, even over-rated chumps are earning close to six figures every single week.’
    • ‘But why do successful people allow voyeurs to poke around their personal lives in the certain knowledge that they will end up looking chumps?’
    • ‘Just to make sure they knew he meant business the chump fired off a few rounds randomly to scare the shocked onlookers into submission.’
    • ‘This guy appears on BBC news and explains economics to chumps like you and me.’
    • ‘Sometimes I feel like a chump driving a car, especially in a big city with decent public transport.’
    • ‘How the hell did this chump ever make it as an actor?’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Charlie is an absolute chump who thinks giving asylum-seekers a lift from France is a reasonable way to make a buck.’
    • ‘A founding editor who doesn't look around for good ideas to pinch is a chump, and there are familiar elements in both mags.’
    • ‘She rounds off her perfect day by signing autographs for complete chumps who feel like they know her.’
    • ‘You really think that these chumps can outdo me?’
    • ‘Imagine being the resident sex symbol of the street, and your only prospects are those chumps?’
    • ‘But as the Times reports today, the silly chumps now realise this might not have been too clever.’
    • ‘But in the eyes of the media anyway, they are either champs or chumps, depending on their current performance.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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  • 2British The thick end of something, especially a loin of lamb or mutton.

    • ‘Place each chump, skin-side down and roast for 10-12 minutes until just tender but still slightly pink in the middle.’
    • ‘The attention to culinary detail has already won the head chef national renown for a menu which includes chump of lamb with fondant potato, wild mushrooms and lentil jus, and vegetarian polenta, mushroom and artichoke ragout.’
    • ‘For lamb, try chump chops, shoulder, knuckle or neck; for pork, leg, belly, spare-rib chops or bacon knuckles are good.’
    • ‘And in a way I want to make my language as mimetic as possible, as sensual as possible, so that you can feel the treetops, taste the lamb chump chops, and hear the wind and the sound of the surf beating on the beach.’
    • ‘Roast chump of Cumbrian Fellbred Lamb is served sliced on pesto mash and a ratatouille jus.’
    • ‘Add the remaining olive oil to the tin and then add the lamb chumps.’
    • ‘The Big Man, although a bit miffed that I'd bagged the prawns, opted for roast fig and prosciutto salad with pecorino and mizuna, and then the chump of lamb with colcanon and thyme jus.’
    • ‘Delicious too was a chunky lamb chump chop with flageolet beans, skins still intact, but gloriously floury within, all mixed up with creamy goats' cheese and surrounded by rich brown rosemary gravy.’
    • ‘The waiters grab Styrofoam cups of water before setting off with the main course, braised chump of lamb.’
    • ‘Among the English classics will be steak and kidney pudding, lamb chump chops, topside of beef, bangers and mash, and fish, chips and peas.’
    • ‘The chump of lamb and Scottish sirloin are commendable, and there is a wide range of vegetarian options.’


  • off one's chump

    • informal Mad.

      ‘I was beginning to think he'd gone off his chump’
      • ‘Police have stepped up the search for Johnson, a member of Parliament who's gone off his chump.’
      • ‘He must be off his chump if he thinks we're going to fork out that sort of money for a 3mx3m conservatory without any of the extras.’
      • ‘There's something wrong with you to-night, Haldane, for you seem quite off your chump, so you'd better go below and sleep it off.’
      • ‘You are off your chump if you think you can use that kind of rubbish against me, boy.’
      • ‘It has been two days as I write and already I am going off my chump.’
      • ‘He is probably too off his chump to perform.’
      • ‘He must've gone off his chump in his dotage.’
      • ‘He'd go off his chump if there was no ale.’
      • ‘Whoever is doing this is obviously completely off his chump, and I recommend they try to catch him as soon as possible.’
      • ‘One person who had direct contact with him told me he was completely off his chump.’
      mentally ill, severely mentally disordered, of unsound mind, certifiable, psychotic, schizophrenic
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Early 18th century (in the sense ‘thick lump of wood’): probably a blend of chunk and lump or stump.