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v. chomped, chomp·ing, chomps
To chew or bite on noisily: a horse chomping oats.
To chew or bite on something repeatedly: chomping on a cigar.
The act or an instance of vigorous biting: "He finished the last of his sandwich with a single chomp" (Anne Tyler).
chomp at the bit
To show impatience at being held back or delayed.
[Variant of champ.]
Usage Note: Historically, to bite down with the teeth was to champ, not to chomp, and someone who was impatient at being held back was said to champ at the bit rather than to chomp at the bit. The version of this idiom using the variant chomp first became popular in the mid-1900s and is now the more common form, but both were rated as broadly acceptable in our 2015 Usage Panel ballot, with 70 percent of the Panel accepting the form with champ and 77 percent accepting the form with chomp.
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to chew (food) noisily; champ
the act or sound of chewing in this manner
[variant of champ1]
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1. to bite upon or grind, esp. impatiently: The horses champed the oats.
2. to crush with the teeth and chew vigorously or noisily; munch.
3. to mash; crush.v.i.
4. to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.
[1520–30; perhaps imitative]
Informal. a champion.
[1865–70; by shortening]
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Past participle: chomped
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|Noun||1.||chomp - the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws|
munch - a large bite; "he tried to talk between munches on the sandwich"
nibble - gentle biting
|Verb||1.||chomp - chew noisily; "The boy chomped his sandwich"|
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1. To bite and grind with the teeth:
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chomp[tʃɒmp] vi & vt (fam) → masticare rumorosamente
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