chisel

[chiz-uh l]
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noun

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
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Related Words for chiseling

blade, knife, carve, sculpt, gouge, edge, adze, hew, sculpture, shape, incise, roughcast

Examples from the Web for chiseling

Contemporary Examples of chiseling

  • An artist in New Mexico has spent decades chiseling out fantastical caves from the mountains, one pickaxe swing at a time.

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    New Mexico’s Amazing Man-Made Caves

    Nina Strochlic

    December 12, 2013

Historical Examples of chiseling

  • When chiseling it is well to stand so as to look along the line being cut.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • After this the chiseling out or mortising can be proceeded with.

  • He would not be much good at chiseling out a medieval cathedral.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • Her skin was smooth and fair and the chiseling of her features clean and strong.

    Fidelity

    Susan Glaspell

  • You are a cheap, chiseling, doublecrossing, money-grabbing heel.

    Noble Redman

    Jesse Franklin Bone


British Dictionary definitions for chiseling

chisel

noun

  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 chiseling

chisel

n.

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.

chisel

v.

c.1500, "to break with a chisel," from chisel (n.). Slang sense of "to cheat, defraud" is first recorded in 1808 as chizzel; origin and connection to the older word are obscure (cf. slang sense of gouge); chiseler in this sense is from 1918. Related: Chiseled; chiseling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper