Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CHAMP, Chaamp, n. and v. Also champer and dim. champie. [tʃɑmp]
(1) A stretch of ground trodden into a miry state; a quagmire.
Tweedd. 1825 Jam.2:
That's a perfect champ. Rxb.(D) 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 19:
The snaw-brui's strampeet inti a caaldbroon platch, a chaamp that turns foats an cuittiekins soappin-wat an lauchs at tacketty shuin.
(2) Mashed potatoes, sometimes with the addition of milk, or milk and butter (Uls.1 1920). Also in form champies (Bnff.2 1939; Bwk. 1825 Jam.2; m.Dmf.3 c.1920; Kcb.10 1939), and champers (Edb.1, Lnk.3, Kcb.1 1939).
Dmf. 1891 J. Brown Hist. of Sanquhar viii.:
For supper, potatoes (often beaten and called “champers”) with milk. Uls.(D) 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings by Robin 61:
There's no sic anither beetle in the hale country side; I'm tell't they beetled champ wae it in my femily for sayven generations back.
(3) One who treads heavily; a clumsy walker.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A muckle champ.
(1) To trample down; to crush, pound; of vegetables: to mash. Known to Bnff.2 and our m. and s.Sc. correspondents (1939). Ppl.adj. champit, mashed.
Lth. 1818 J. Thomson Poems (1819) 162:
That nane presume, except your tikes, To loup the hedges or the dykes; When mounted on a yead or aiver, To champ the wheat or fields o' claver. Ayr. 1889 H. Johnston Chron. of Glenbuckie 165:
I would as lief . . . seek anither place, as gang back again on a diet o' champit neeps. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 114:
Yallow puddocks champit sma', Spiders ten, and gellocks twa. Rxb. 1815 J. Ruickbie Poems 124:
An' for their great transgression, War sent to bridewell to champ sand, Till the infernal session Should sit neest day.
(2) “To go (about) in a clumsy or heavy-footed manner” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).[Prob. the same word as Eng. champ, to crush with the teeth, munch, etc. (see N.E.D. s.v.).]
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