Nearby words

  1. chiné,
  2. chioggia,
  3. chiono-,
  4. chionodoxa,
  5. chios,
  6. chip and dip,
  7. chip and pin,
  8. chip basket,
  9. chip carving,
  10. chip graft


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

Related formschip·pa·ble, adjectiveun·chip·pa·ble, adjective


[ 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


[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chips

British Dictionary definitions for chips


/ (tʃɪp) /


verb chips, chipping or chipped

Derived Formschipper, noun

Word Origin for chip

Old English cipp (n), cippian (vb), of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for chips
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Science definitions for chips


[ chĭp ]

See integrated circuit.
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Idioms and Phrases with chips


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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