Definition of chump in English:

chump

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Pronunciation: /tʃʌmp
 
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noun

1 informal A foolish or easily deceived person: I was left feeling a bit of a chump
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  • Just to make sure they knew he meant business the chump fired off a few rounds randomly to scare the shocked onlookers into submission.
  • You really think that these chumps can outdo me?
  • Imagine being the resident sex symbol of the street, and your only prospects are those chumps?
2British The thick end of something, especially a loin of lamb or mutton.
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  • The Big Man, although a bit miffed that I'd bagged the prawns, opted for roast fig and prosciutto salad with pecorino and mizuna, and then the chump of lamb with colcanon and thyme jus.
  • Place each chump, skin-side down and roast for 10-12 minutes until just tender but still slightly pink in the middle.
  • Add the remaining olive oil to the tin and then add the lamb chumps.

Origin

early 18th century (in the sense 'thick lump of wood'): probably a blend of chunk1 and lump1 or stump.

Phrases

off one's chump

British informal Mad: I was beginning to think he’d gone off his chump
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  • He must be off his chump if he thinks we're going to fork out that sort of money for a 3mx3m conservatory without any of the extras.
  • He must've gone off his chump in his dotage.
  • He is probably too off his chump to perform.

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