Definition of chomp in English:


Syllabification: chomp
Pronunciation: /CHämp, CHômp


[no object]
  • 1Munch or chew vigorously and noisily: he chomped on his sandwich
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    • The boss man loosened the knot on his tie and angrily chomped on his Havana cigar.
    • Have you ever sat opposite somebody at a meal who chomps their food?
    • They will be chomping on chicken drumsticks and hamburgers and walking around everywhere.
  • 1.1(Of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action.
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    • 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.
    • The horse would contentedly sit and chomp apples for hours while Sherry found escape from her world.
  • 2Fret impatiently: he waited, chomping at her nonappearance


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  • A chewing noise or action.
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    • 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.
    • ‘Thank you, ma'am,’ I say, taking a chomp out of a cookie.
    • Joe took a chomp out of a hamburger.


chomp (or champ or chafe) at the bit

Be restless and impatient to start doing something.
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  • Just over a month after finishing the last campaign, less than a month away from the new season and Waterford United captain John Frost is, literally, chomping at the bit for the start of this latest adventure.
  • They are, and they're chomping at the bit to be here.
  • ‘I was really chomping at the bit to get back to work,’ she says.


mid 17th century: probably imitative.

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