One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Munch or chew vigorously and noisily.‘he chomped on his sandwich’
consume, devour, ingest, partake of, gobble, gobble down, gobble up, gulp, gulp down, bolt, bolt down, wolf, wolf down, cram down, finish, finish offView synonyms
- ‘Have you ever sat opposite somebody at a meal who chomps their food?’
- ‘She ate her salad neatly while I chomped on some fries.’
- ‘The sauce was a little lame, but I could have chomped on the squid all afternoon.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I forked up some pasta and chomped on it hungrily.’
- ‘They will be chomping on chicken drumsticks and hamburgers and walking around everywhere.’
- ‘It did make me smile as I chomped on a pork pie washed down with cava.’
- ‘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 moodily chomped on my buttered toast and took sips of my orange juice.’
- ‘A Titan Triggerfish chomps at some hard coral, as other fish gawp at us curiously or dart away.’
- ‘Pests - pick off the red lily beetle and squash it before it chomps your lilies.’
- ‘Sophia wrinkled her nose and looked out the window while Jane angrily chomped on her sandwich.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The boss man loosened the knot on his tie and angrily chomped on his Havana cigar.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He picked up one of his own French fries and chomped on it.’
- ‘I chomped on my croissant as I heard Andrew complain for something like the fourteenth time.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1US (of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action.
- ‘The horse would contentedly sit and chomp apples for hours while Sherry found escape from her world.’
- ‘Annie tried to get her to canter, but the older mare just chomped her bit, tucked her long neck in and trotted with her front toes flashing outward.’
- ‘Thompson ignored this woman and began grabbing a slice of meat and biscuit, chomping away like a horse.’
2US Fret impatiently.‘he waited, chomping at her nonappearance’
A chewing noise or action.
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘Thank you, ma'am,’ I say, taking a chomp out of a cookie.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Joe took a chomp out of a hamburger.’
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, desperateView synonyms
Mid 17th century: imitative.
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