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[chiz-uh-ler, chiz-ler]
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  1. a person who cheats or tricks; swindler.
  2. a person who uses a chisel, as a wood carver.
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Also especially British, chis·el·ler.

Origin of chiseler

First recorded in 1880–85; chisel + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • No hard feelings, chiseler, but I sure would like to put a couple of slugs in your belly!

    Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942


Word Origin and History for chiseler


1824, "one who works with a chisel," agent noun from chisel (v.). In slang sense of "swindler," attested from 1918.

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