There are 2 definitions of champ in English:

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verb

[no object]
  • 1(Of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action.
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    • The sound behind him of the horses champing and snorting and the carriage creaking propelled him reluctantly up the stairs.
    • A pervasive gloom hung over this place, woven into the very stillness of the air, disturbed only by the thud of hooves on fallen leaves and now and then a soft clink as one of the mares champed her bit.
    • And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
  • 1.1Munch or chew enthusiastically or noisily: he champed on his sandwich
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    • No kicking under the table or champing on food during silent grace. No skipping or running in the hallways.
    • There was a loud champing sound outside, and occasionally growls or grumbling.
    • His jaws champed spasmodically, froth appeared on his blackened lips.
  • 2Fret impatiently: he was already on the plane, champing to get off to Lagos
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    • Fleet Street's most battle-scarred must be champing to get in there - but they also want to keep heads on shoulders and avoid execution.
    • The cartons arrived and then came he, champing to get it all organized and to immerse himself in this academic world.

noun

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  • A biting or chewing action.

Phrases

champ (or chomp or chafe) at the bit

Be restlessly impatient to start doing something: I was champing at the bit to investigate the shops
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  • Everybody is champing at the bit to get involved and I am very confident we will raise the funds required.
  • We are champing at the bit, we want to go ahead and build a better railway.
  • I know if I was a striker at the moment, I'd be champing at the bit to play, because you could make yourself a regular for the next 10 years.

Origin

late Middle English: probably imitative.

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There are 2 definitions of champ in English:

champ2

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Pronunciation: /tʃamp
 
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noun

informal
  • A champion: he showed the style that was to turn him into a world champ
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    • I like the Vikings as NFC champs and Super Bowl runners-up.
    • The Japanese baseball champs douse their star with Sapporo beer (I love the beer goggles - literally).
    • I went to high school with future champs.

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation.

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