champ

A champ is someone who wins a contest or a prize. The winner of an elementary school fifty-yard dash is a champ.

Champ is shorthand for champion — in other words, a winner or a victor. You might describe your favorite football team as a bunch of champs after they win the World Series. Another way to use the word champ is as a verb meaning "chomp," especially the way a horse bites nervously or eagerly at its bit. The original meaning of champ is "chew noisily," and the biting horse definition came next, in the 1600's.

Definitions of champ
  1. noun
    someone who has won first place in a competition
    synonyms: champion, title-holder
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    types:
    record-breaker, record-holder
    someone who breaks a record
    type of:
    challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival
    the contestant you hope to defeat
  2. verb
    chafe at the bit, like horses
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    type of:
    chew, jaw, manducate, masticate
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
  3. verb
    chew noisily
    synonyms: chomp
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    type of:
    chew, jaw, manducate, masticate
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
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