There are 3 main definitions of champ in English:

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champ 1

Pronunciation: /tʃamp/

verb

[no object]
1(Of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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

[in singular]
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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with champ

amp, camp, clamp, cramp, damp, encamp, gamp, lamp, ramp, samp, scamp, stamp, tamp, tramp, vamp
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champ 2

Pronunciation: /tʃamp/

noun

informal
A champion: he showed the style that was to turn him into a world champ
More example sentences
  • 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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champ 3

Pronunciation: /tʃamp/

noun

[mass noun]
An Irish dish of potatoes mashed with spring onions, butter, and milk: he served up mounds of fresh creamy champ with roast lamb
More example sentences
  • He orders peppered chicken and champ.
  • Gordon had an all-American hamburger with fries and I had sausages and champ.
  • There has been an Irish stew and champ night organized.

Origin

Late 19th century: from champ1.

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