See also: Champ, čhamp, Champ., and champ'

English

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Etymology 1

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Clipping of championchampionship.

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Noun

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champ (plural champs)

  1. (colloquial) Clipping of champion.
  2. (colloquial, in the plural) Clipping of championship.
    The team failed to make it to the Champs.
  3. (informal) Buddy, sport, mate. (as a term of address)
    Whatcha doing, champ?
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Etymology 2

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From Middle English champen, chammen (to bite; gnash the teeth), perhaps originally imitative.

 
champ (etymology 2, noun)

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champ (usually uncountable, plural champs)

  1. (Ireland) A meal of mashed potatoes and scallions.

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champ (third-person singular simple present champs, present participle champing, simple past and past participle champed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To bite or chew, especially noisily or impatiently.
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Etymology 3

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From champagne by shortening.

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champ (uncountable)

  1. (informal) Champagne.
    • 1990 April 6, Ann Heller, “Prom Nights Often Offer Students Primer On Fine Dining”, in Dayton Daily News:
      "They're dressed up very elegantly and it's nice they have a glass of champ, even if it's non-alcoholic," Reif says.
    • 2009, The Lonely Island (featuring T-Pain), "I'm on a Boat", Incredibad:
      We're drinkin' Santana champ, 'cause it's so crisp
    • 2010, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Inheritance[2], Pan Books, published 2010, →ISBN:
      'Glass of champ?' she called, skipping into the kitchen.

Etymology 4

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Borrowed from French champ (field). Doublet of campus and camp.

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Noun

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champ (plural champs)

  1. (architecture, obsolete or rare) The field or ground on which carving appears in relief.
  2. (heraldry, obsolete or rare) The field of a shield.
    • 1914, John Horne Stevenson, Heraldry in Scotland, page 30:
      If a man, he adds, have taken for his arms 'a low of gules in a champ of silver,'1 []
      1A flame (pile wavy) gules in a silver field. Thus the arms of the family of Bataille de Mandelot are, Argent three flames, per piles wavy gules, issuant from the base. Woodward, Heraldry, i. 158. Otherwise one might almost suppose that the word 'low' of the MS. was a misprint or a misunderstanding of the scribe for 'cow'; for the instance in one MS. of the original French is that of a man who took 'une vache de geules et trois estoiles par dessus.'

Etymology 5

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Blend of church +‎ camp or back-formation from champing.

Verb

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champ (third-person singular simple present champs, present participle champing, simple past and past participle champed)

  1. To camp overnight in a historic church as a novelty or part of a holiday.
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References

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  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Franco-Provençal

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Franco-Provençal Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia frp

Etymology

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Inherited from Latin campus.

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champ m (plural champs) (ORB large)

  1. field

References

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  • champ in DicoFranPro: Dictionnaire Français/Francoprovençal – on dicofranpro.llm.umontreal.ca
  • champ in Lo trèsor Arpitan – on arpitan.eu

French

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champ

Etymology

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Inherited from Middle French champ, from Old French champ, inherited from Latin campus (field). Doublet of camp and campus.

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Noun

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champ m (plural champs)

  1. field in its various senses, including:
    1. a wide open space
    2. an area of study
    3. (mathematics) a vector field, tensor field, or scalar field (but not a commutative ring with identity for which every nonzero element has a multiplicative inverse, cf. corps)
    4. (heraldry) the background of a shield's design

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Descendants

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  • English: champ

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Old French

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Latin campus (wild fild).

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  • (classical) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃamp/, (northern) /ka-/

Noun

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champ oblique singularm (oblique plural chans, nominative singular chans, nominative plural champ)

  1. field
  2. (by extension) battlefield

Descendants

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(Some via the northern variant camp.)

Scots

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Etymology

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Late Middle English, probably imitative.

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  • IPA(key): [tʃam], [tʃamp], [dʒam], [dʒamp]

Verb

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champ (third-person singular simple present champs, present participle champin, simple past champit, past participle champit)

  1. to mash, crush, pound
  2. to chew voraciously

Derived terms

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  • champer (an implement for mashing or crushing etc., a pestle)
  • champers (mashed potatoes)

Noun

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champ (plural champs)

  1. (geography) a stretch of ground trodden into a miry state, a quagmire

Welsh

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Noun

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champ

  1. Aspirate mutation of camp.

Mutation

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
camp gamp nghamp champ
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.