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Noun. Early 18th century.
[Perhaps a blend of CHUNK noun and LUMP noun or STUMP noun.]
1 A short thick lump of wood; an end-piece. E18
2 The thick end, especially of a loin of lamb or mutton. M19
3 The head. colloquial. M19
4 A foolish person, a blockhead. colloquial. L19
off one's chump crazy, wild with excitement, etc.
chump change colloquial (chiefly N.American) a small of insignificant amount of money.
chump chop a chop from the chump end.
Your presence here on this page must be proof that you’re far from stupid, but are you a bit of a chump?
Was the splash as you drove across the canal bridge your first intimation that you’d left your phone on top of the car again?
Was it you who neglected to close the door of the hamster’s cage properly?
Hey, and who was it who was discovered in the loos at the airport, inexpertly applying lipstick and wearing a newly-bought kaftan, after mistakenly leaving home with the wife’s passport?
Is this sounding familiar at all?
If it does, then console yourself with the knowledge that you’re part of a long and international tradition of chumpfulness. There was Teruo Nakamura, soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army, who failed so completely to keep up with current affairs that he was still fighting World War II in 1974.
And, remarkable even amongst these prize chumps, must be the burglar who protected himself against dog bites by wearing a suit of armour, only to wake up his victims with all the clanking.
Ah well, there are worse things than being a chump. You could be an ex-chump, for instance, like poor Sérgio A. Rosa, who decided it would be a good idea to mend a hole in a gas tanker with a welding iron.
Do you have any examples of exquisite chumpery?
Are you a chump?
Or are you perfectly sensible?