Definition of chump in US English:



  • A foolish or easily deceived person.

    ‘how can this chump be a detective?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Imagine being the resident sex symbol of the street, and your only prospects are those chumps?’
    • ‘A founding editor who doesn't look around for good ideas to pinch is a chump, and there are familiar elements in both mags.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Charlie is an absolute chump who thinks giving asylum-seekers a lift from France is a reasonable way to make a buck.’
    • ‘But why do successful people allow voyeurs to poke around their personal lives in the certain knowledge that they will end up looking chumps?’
    • ‘But as the Times reports today, the silly chumps now realise this might not have been too clever.’
    • ‘It is an unalterable truth of presidential politics that the story line is never fixed and yesterday's chump is often tomorrow's champion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nowadays, even over-rated chumps are earning close to six figures every single week.’
    • ‘How the hell did this chump ever make it as an actor?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just to make sure they knew he meant business the chump fired off a few rounds randomly to scare the shocked onlookers into submission.’
    • ‘But in the eyes of the media anyway, they are either champs or chumps, depending on their current performance.’
    • ‘There is a fine line between being Churchill and being a chump, and we'll let history decide who you are.’
    • ‘She rounds off her perfect day by signing autographs for complete chumps who feel like they know her.’
    • ‘What's remarkable is that I had colleagues that actually characterized this chump as a ‘scientist’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Early 18th century (in the sense ‘thick lump of wood’): probably a blend of chunk and lump or stump.