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noun \ˈchip\

Simple Definition of chip

  • : a small piece that has been broken off from something larger

  • : a place where a small piece of something has broken off

  • : a small piece of candy or chocolate used in baking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chip

  1. 1 a :  a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off b :  a small piece of food: as (1) :  a small thin slice of food; especially :  potato chip (2) :  french fry (3) :  a small cone-shaped bit of food often used for baking <chocolate chips>

  2. 2 :  something small, worthless, or trivial

  3. 3 a :  one of the counters used as a token for money in poker and other games b plural :  money —used especially in the phrase in the chips c :  something valuable that can be used for advantage in negotiation or trade <a bargaining chip>

  4. 4 :  a piece of dried dung —usually used in combination <cow chip>

  5. 5 :  a flaw left after a chip has been broken off

  6. 6 a :  integrated circuit b :  a small wafer of semiconductor material that forms the base for an integrated circuit

  7. 7 :  chip shot 1

  8. 8 :  microarray <DNA chips>

chip off the old block
  1. :  a child that resembles his or her parent

chip on one's shoulder
  1. :  a challenging or belligerent attitude

Examples of chip in a sentence

  1. The cup has a chip in it.

  2. <wood chips were spread over the ground between the plants>

Origin of chip

Middle English; akin to Old English -cippian

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with chip




Simple Definition of chip

  • : to break off a small piece from (something)

  • : to break or come off in small pieces

  • : to break off (something) especially with a tool

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chip


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cut or hew with an edged tool b (1) :  to cut or break (a small piece) from something (2) :  to cut or break a fragment from <chip a tooth> (3) :  to cut into chips <chip a tree stump>

  3. 2 British :  chaff, banter

  4. 3 :  to hit (a return in tennis) with backspin

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to break off in small pieces

  7. 2 :  to play a chip shot

Examples of chip in a sentence

  1. I bit into something hard and chipped my tooth.

  2. He fell and chipped a bone in his knee.

  3. The paint had chipped off.

  4. He chipped away the ice from the car's windshield.

  5. The sculptor chipped away bits of stone.

  6. The golfer chipped the ball onto the green.

  7. She chipped the soccer ball over the goalie's head.

  8. He chipped a pass to his teammate.

  9. The golfer chipped onto the green.

Origin of chip

Middle English chippen, from Old English -cippian (as in forcippian to cut off); akin to Old English cipp beam, Old High German chipfa stave

First Known Use: 15th century

CHIP Defined for Kids



noun \ˈchip\

Definition of chip for Students

  1. 1 :  a small piece cut or broken off <wood chips> <a chip of glass>

  2. 2 :  a thin crisp piece of food and especially potato <tortilla chips>

  3. 3 :  a small bit of candy used in baking <chocolate chips>

  4. 4 :  a flaw left after a small piece has been broken off <There's a chip in the rim of that cup.>

  5. 5 :  integrated circuit

  6. 6 :  a small slice of silicon containing a number of electronic circuits (as for a computer)




Definition of chip for Students


  1. 1 :  to cut or break a small piece from <I fell and chipped my tooth.>

  2. 2 :  to break off in small pieces <We chipped the ice from the windshield.>

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈchip\

Medical Definition of chip

  1. :  microarray <When exposed to a sample of unknown DNA, the probes on the chip bind to their complementary strands, thereby reading the sequences in the sample.—Jeff Wheelwright, Discover, April 2002>

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