Definition of chump in English:

chump

noun

informal
  • A foolish or easily deceived person.

    ‘how can this chump be a detective?’
    • ‘Imagine being the resident sex symbol of the street, and your only prospects are those chumps?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is an unalterable truth of presidential politics that the story line is never fixed and yesterday's chump is often tomorrow's champion.’
    • ‘There is a fine line between being Churchill and being a chump, and we'll let history decide who you are.’
    • ‘How the hell did this chump ever make it as an actor?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She rounds off her perfect day by signing autographs for complete chumps who feel like they know her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But as the Times reports today, the silly chumps now realise this might not have been too clever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A founding editor who doesn't look around for good ideas to pinch is a chump, and there are familiar elements in both mags.’
    • ‘But in the eyes of the media anyway, they are either champs or chumps, depending on their current performance.’
    • ‘You really think that these chumps can outdo me?’
    • ‘But he made it sound like I'm just some chump who doesn't know how to play.’
    • ‘What's remarkable is that I had colleagues that actually characterized this chump as a ‘scientist’.’
    • ‘Just to make sure they knew he meant business the chump fired off a few rounds randomly to scare the shocked onlookers into submission.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Charlie is an absolute chump who thinks giving asylum-seekers a lift from France is a reasonable way to make a buck.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Origin

Early 18th century (in the sense thick lump of wood): probably a blend of chunk and lump or stump.

Pronunciation

chump

/CHəmp/