- 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
- cut, shaped, etc., with a chisel: chiseled stone.
- sharply or clearly shaped; clear-cut: She has finely chiseled features.
Origin of chiseled
Examples from the Web for chiselled
Dr. Christian Jessen, the chiselled face of Embarrassing Bodies, cites a number of reasons.The Grossest TV Show Ever
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On the other are chiselled the arms of the family to whom the Tower belongs.Columba
Morse looked at him with a face cold as chiselled marble and as hard.Brand Blotters
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The work may be chiselled either in a vertical or a horizontal position.Woodwork Joints
A more beautiful figure than hers even Skopas himself has not chiselled.Quo Vadis
The walls, the floor, the roof were all chiselled as smooth as glass.Under the Witches' Moon
- carved or formed with or as if with a chisel
- clear-cutfinely chiselled features
- 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 and History for chiselled
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.
"having sharp outlines," 1821, figurative past participle adjective from chisel (v.).