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  • IPA(key): /t͡ʃʌmp/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌmp

Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown. Perhaps a nasalised variant of chub (someone chubby, something thick). Compare Icelandic kubbur (block of wood, chip (computing)), Old Norse kumbr for kubbr (block of wood), English chop. Probably related to chunk.


chump (plural chumps)

  1. (colloquial, derogatory) An incompetent person, a blockhead; a loser.
    That chump wouldn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.
  2. (colloquial, derogatory) A gullible person; a sucker; someone easily taken advantage of; someone lacking common sense.
    It shouldn't be hard to put one over on that chump.
    • 2012 August 5, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “I Love Lisa” (season 4, episode 15; originally aired 02/11/1993)”, in AV Club[1]:
      Ralph Wiggum is generally employed as a bottomless fount of glorious non sequiturs, but in “I Love Lisa” he stands in for every oblivious chump who ever deluded himself into thinking that with persistence, determination, and a pure heart he can win the girl of his dreams.
  3. The thick end, especially of a piece of wood or of a joint of meat.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of chomp, itself a variant of champ (to bite). More at champ.


chump (third-person singular simple present chumps, present participle chumping, simple past and past participle chumped)

  1. Dated form of chomp.
    • 1922, Arthur Machen, The Secret Glory:
      At a neighbouring table two Germans were making a hearty meal, chumping the meat and smacking their lips in a kind of heavy ecstasy.