champeen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A corruption of champion.

Noun[edit]

champeen (plural champeens)

  1. (nonstandard) A champion.
    • 1912, P. G. Wodehouse, The Prince and Betty, ch. 19:
      "He could whip a dozen Cyclone Dicks in the same evening with his eyes shut."
      "He's the next champeen," admitted the first speaker.
    • 1917, Jeffrey Farnol, The Definite Object, ch. 24:
      "You're right, me lad, I was the best fightin' man, the greatest champeen as ever was."
    • 1920, William MacLeod Raine, The Big-Town Round-Up, Ch. 1:
      "I'd take a li'l' bet that New York ain't lookin' for no champeen ropers or bronco-busters," said Stace.
    • 1991, "Entertainment: Will Tyson Do The Encores?," Time, 12 Aug:
      In this corner, the operatic heavyweight from Modena, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti! And in this corner, that Iberian emoter, champeen tenor Placido Domingo!
    • 2005, Paul Oerjuerge, "Armstrong untouchable to the end," The Sun (San Bernadino, USA), 24 July (retrieved 18 Oct 2010):
      So, there he goes, riding off into the golden sunset of history. Lance Armstrong, champeen of the cycling world.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Originally used especially to refer to a champion in the sport of boxing, but since extended to other contexts.