[ chiz-uh ld ]
/ ˈtʃɪz əld /


cut, shaped, etc., with a chisel: chiseled stone.
sharply or clearly shaped; clear-cut: She has finely chiseled features.

Nearby words

  1. chirurgical,
  2. chisanbop,
  3. chisel,
  4. chisel plow,
  5. chisel point,
  6. chiseler,
  7. chiselled,
  8. chiseller,
  9. chishima,
  10. chisholm

Also especially British, chis·elled.

Origin of chiseled

First recorded in 1730–40; chisel + -ed2

Related formsun·chis·eled, adjectiveun·chis·elled, adjective


[ chiz-uh l ]
/ ˈtʃɪz əl /


verb (used with object), chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.

verb (used without object), chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.

to work with a chisel.
to trick; cheat.

Origin of chisel

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

Related formschis·el·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chiseled


/ (ˈtʃɪzəl) /


  1. 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
  2. a similar tool without a handle for working stone or metal

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

to carve (wood, stone, metal, etc) or form (an engraving, statue, etc) with or as with a chisel
slang to cheat or obtain by cheating

Word Origin for chisel

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

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Word Origin and History for chiseled
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