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U.S. regional variation of champ (verb), from Middle English champen, chammen (to bite; gnash).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /tʃɒmp/
  • (US) enPR: chŏmp, IPA(key): /t͡ʃɔmp/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: chomp
  • Rhymes: -ɒmp


chomp (plural chomps)

  1. The act of chomping (see below)
  2. (computing, rare) A unit of computing storage equal to sixteen bits, which can represent any of 65536 distinct values.[1]
    Synonym: hextet
    An IPv6 address is represented as eight hexadecimal chomps.


chomp (third-person singular simple present chomps, present participle chomping, simple past and past participle chomped)

  1. (intransitive) To bite or chew loudly or heavily.
    The dog chomped on the treat and swallowed it in one gulp.
  2. (computing, transitive, Perl) To remove the final character from (a text string) if it is a newline (or, less commonly, some other programmer-specified character).
    Coordinate term: chop

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  1. ^ “Bit Nibble Byte Chomp – a call to action”, in[1], 2011-03-22: “The Timico engineering team has started to use the word “chomp” to represent two bytes or the 4 Hex character block in IPv6.”