“She screamed again, and then, as those champing, grinning jaws bent toward her lips, she lost consciousness.”
-The People of the Black Circle
It is very unusual to see this word used in a sinister, predatory context, as convention relegates it to the champing of a domesticated animal on its bit and as a metaphor for human impatience derived from this equine action.
1. another term for chomp.
late Middle English: imitative.
champing (present participle)