[chiz-uh-ler, chiz-ler]


a person who cheats or tricks; swindler.
a person who uses a chisel, as a wood carver.

Also especially British, chis·el·ler.

Origin of chiseler

First recorded in 1880–85; chisel + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chiseller



a person who uses a chisel
informal a cheat
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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