variants or chield
chiefly Scotland
: fellow, lad

Word History


Middle English (Scots) cheld, alteration of Middle English child child

First Known Use

1507, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chiel was in 1507

Dictionary Entries Near chiel

Cite this Entry

“Chiel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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