Idioms

Origin of chip

1
1300–50; (noun) Middle English chip (compare Old English cipp plowshare, beam, i.e., piece cut off); (v.) late Middle English chippen (compare Old English -cippian in forcippian to cut off); akin to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch kippen to chip eggs, hatch

Related forms

chip·pa·ble, adjectiveun·chip·pa·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chip in (1 of 2)

chip in


verb (adverb) informal

to contribute (money, time, etc) to a cause or fund
(intr) to interpose a remark or interrupt with a remark

British Dictionary definitions for chip in (2 of 2)

chip

/ (tʃɪp) /

noun

verb chips, chipping or chipped

Derived Forms

chipper, noun

Word Origin for chip

Old English cipp (n), cippian (vb), of obscure origin
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Science definitions for chip in

chip

[ chĭp ]

See integrated circuit.
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Idioms and Phrases with chip in (1 of 2)

chip in


1

Contribute money, help, or advice, as in If we all chip in we'll have enough to buy a suitable gift, or Everyone chipped in with ideas for the baby shower. Mark Twain used this term in Roughing It (1872): “I'll be there and chip in and help, too.” [Mid-1800s]

2

In poker and other games, to put up chips or money as one's bet. For example, I'll chip in another hundred but that's my limit or, as Bret Harte put it in Gabriel Conroy (1876): “You've jest cut up thet rough with my higher emotions, there ain't enough left to chip in on a ten-cent ante.” [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with chip in (2 of 2)

chip


In addition to the idioms beginning with chip

  • chip and dip
  • chip in
  • chip off the old block
  • chip on one's shoulder

also see:

  • cash in (one's chips)
  • in the money (chips)
  • let the chips fall where they may
  • when the chips are down
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