- To bite with repeated action of the teeth so as to be heard."Foamed and champed the golden bit." [Dryden.]
- To bite into small pieces; to crunch.
Etymology: Prob, of Scand. orgin; cf. dial. Sw. kämsa to chew with difficulty, champ; but cf. also OF. champier champeyer champoyer, to graze in fields, fr. F. champ field, fr. L. campus. Cf. Camp