chisel

1 of 2

noun

chis·​el ˈchi-zᵊl How to pronounce chisel (audio)
: a metal tool with a sharpened edge at one end used to chip, carve, or cut into a solid material (such as wood, stone, or metal)

chisel

2 of 2

verb

chiseled or chiselled; chiseling or chiselling ˈchi-zə-liŋ How to pronounce chisel (audio)
ˈchiz-liŋ

transitive verb

1
: to cut or work with or as if with a chisel
2
: to employ shrewd or unfair practices on in order to obtain one's end
also : to obtain by such practices
chisel a job

intransitive verb

1
: to work with or as if with a chisel
2
a
: to employ shrewd or unfair practices
b
: to thrust oneself : intrude
chisel in on a racket
chiseler noun
or chiseller
ˈchi-zə-lər How to pronounce chisel (audio)
ˈchiz-lər

Examples of chisel in a Sentence

Verb He chiseled off a corner of the block. Letters were chiseled into a wall.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Franks was killed by a blow to the head with a chisel. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 Scott and his staff took a chisel and slowly began molding Sander’s footwork, his post moves and his jumper. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 5 Apr. 2024
Verb
With piercing eyes shaped like landscaped diamonds and a bone structure that looked as if it had been chiseled, Mounia was a perfect pinup girl for Yves Saint Laurent. James Sanders, Essence, 16 May 2024 All of them were as finely chiseled as any likeness carved from stone. Alexa Brazilian Mari Maeda and Yuji Oboshi, New York Times, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for chisel 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French *chisel, cisel, from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, alteration of caesellum, from Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1509, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chisel was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chisel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chisel. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

chisel

1 of 2 noun
chis·​el ˈchiz-əl How to pronounce chisel (audio)
: a metal tool with a cutting edge at the end of a blade used to shape or chip away a solid material (as stone, wood, or metal)

chisel

2 of 2 verb
chiseled or chiselled; chiseling or chiselling
ˈchiz-(ə-)liŋ
1
: to cut or work with or as if with a chisel
2
: to use unfair or dishonest methods
chiseler
ˈchiz-(ə-)lər
noun

Medical Definition

chisel

noun
chis·​el ˈchiz-əl How to pronounce chisel (audio)
: a metal tool with a cutting edge at the end of a blade
especially : one used in dentistry (as for cutting or shaping enamel)

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