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[chiz-uh-ler, chiz-ler]
  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 of chiseller

  • "He an't no Mexican, that 'ere chap," whispered one of the group to Chiseller.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • "It is a great deal of money, Sor Gasparo," replied the chiseller.

  • A long pause followed the animated discourse of the chiseller.

  • As a chiseller of poetic cameos and medallions, he has few, if any, superiors among his contemporaries.

    Paris and the Social Revolution

    Alvan Francis Sanborn

  • If Mr. Chiseller was deficient in the finer sympathies of our nature, he was endowed with a rare spirit of practical readiness.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for chiseller


  1. a person who uses a chisel
  2. informal a cheat
  3. Dublin slang a child
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Word Origin and History for chiseller



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

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