[ chiz-uhl ]
See synonyms for: chiselchiseledchiselled on

  1. a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.

  1. Chisel, Astronomy. the constellation Caelum.

verb (used with object),chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.
  1. to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.

  2. to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.

  1. to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.

verb (used without object),chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.
  1. to work with a chisel.

  2. to trick; cheat.

Origin of chisel

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Anglo-French, variant of Old French cisel, from unattested Vulgar Latin cīsellus, diminutive of unattested cīsus, for Latin caesus, past participle of caedere “to cut,” with -ī- generalized from prefixed derivatives; cf. excide

Other words from chisel

  • chis·el-like, chis·el·like, adjective

Words Nearby chisel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chisel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chisel


/ (ˈtʃɪzəl) /

    • a hand tool for working wood, consisting of a flat steel blade with a cutting edge attached to a handle of wood, plastic, etc. It is either struck with a mallet or used by hand

    • a similar tool without a handle for working stone or metal

verb-els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
  1. to carve (wood, stone, metal, etc) or form (an engraving, statue, etc) with or as with a chisel

  2. slang to cheat or obtain by cheating

Origin of chisel

C14: via Old French, from Vulgar Latin cīsellus (unattested), from Latin caesus cut, from caedere to cut

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