- cut, shaped, etc., with a chisel: chiseled stone.
- sharply or clearly shaped; clear-cut: She has finely chiseled features.
Origin of chiseled
- 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.
- chisel plow.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Caelum.
- to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.
- to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.
- to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.
- to work with a chisel.
- to trick; cheat.
Origin of chisel
Examples from the Web for chiseled
Contemporary Examples of chiseled
I missed Don's chiseled mug and Roger's blithe wisecracks and Peggy's prickly chutzpah.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant
April 14, 2014
He has chiseled, tattoo-less arms and long, flowing chestnut brown hair.The Philadelphia Eagles’ Race Problem: The Curious Case of DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper
March 29, 2014
Branching tunnels disappeared into the darkness, studded with chiseled rock chambers.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
February 6, 2014
Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiseled into laws and institutions.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2013
And Jamie Dornan will be the chiseled hunk doing the whipping.Meet Jamie Dornan: ’50 Shades of Grey's' New Christian Grey
October 23, 2013
Historical Examples of chiseled
The chiseled stone is not more fixed than are the deeds of the minutes that are past.In the Midst of Alarms
I guess I would, in the tightest corner ever was chiseled out.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Tom handed his servant the segment he had chiseled from the main mass.Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope
His smile was chiseled on his face and there was no doubt he would do what he said.Deathworld
If it had been chiseled by hand and set there, it could not be more sharply defined.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
- 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
- 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
"having sharp outlines," 1821, figurative past participle adjective from chisel (v.).
early 14c., from Anglo-French cisel, Old French cisel "chisel," in plural, "scissors, shears" (12c., Modern French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum "cutting tool," from Latin caesellum, diminutive of caesus, past participle of caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Related: Chiseled; chiseling.