Chump



[chuhmp] /tʃʌmp/

noun
1.
Informal. a stupid person; dolt:
Don’t be a chump—she’s kidding you along.
2.
a short, thick piece of wood.
3.
the thick, blunt end of anything.
4.
Slang. the head.
Idioms
5.
off one’s chump, British Slang. crazy.
[chuhmp] /tʃʌmp/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to bite or chew; munch.
/tʃʌmp/
noun
1.
(informal) a stupid person
2.
a thick heavy block of wood
3.

4.
(Brit, slang) the head (esp in the phrase off one’s chump)
/tʃʌmp/
verb
1.
a less common word for chomp
n.

1703, “short, thick lump of wood,” akin to Old Norse kumba “block of wood.” Meaning “blockhead” is first attested 1883. Chump change attested by 1950.

modifier

: The honest, hardworking immigrant was a chump game

noun

A stupid person, esp a dupe; sucker: I look like a chump these days (1877+)

verb

: You were chumped, Donna Rice and Marla Trump (1920s+)

Related Terms

off one’s chump

[origin unknown; perhaps an alteration of chunk referring to blockheadedness]

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