- 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
Contemporary Examples of chiselled
Dr. Christian Jessen, the chiselled face of Embarrassing Bodies, cites a number of reasons.The Grossest TV Show Ever
October 3, 2010
Historical Examples of chiselled
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
William MacLeod Raine
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 for chisel
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.).