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Idioms for chip

Origin of chip

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


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Definition for chips (2 of 3)

[ chip ]
/ tʃɪp /

verb (used without object), chipped, chip·ping.

to utter a short chirping or squeaking sound; cheep.


a short chirping or squeaking cry.

Origin of chip

First recorded in 1880–85; variant of cheep

Definition for chips (3 of 3)

[ chip ]
/ tʃɪp /

noun Wrestling.

a tricky or special method by which an opponent can be thrown.

Origin of chip

1820–30; noun use of chip to trip up; cognate with German kippen to tip over, Old Norse kippa to pull
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British Dictionary definitions for chips

/ (tʃɪp) /


verb chips, chipping or chipped

Derived forms of chip

chipper, noun

Word Origin for chip

Old English cipp (n), cippian (vb), of obscure origin
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Scientific definitions for chips

[ chĭp ]

See integrated circuit.
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Idioms and Phrases with chips


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