Meaning of CHISEL in English

CHISEL

I. ˈchi-z ə l noun

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

Date: 14th century

: a metal tool with a sharpened edge at one end used to chip, carve, or cut into a solid material (as wood, stone, or metal)

II. verb

( -eled or -elled ; -el·ing or chis·el·ling ˈchi-zə-liŋ, ˈchiz-liŋ)

Date: 1509

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

• chis·el·er or chis·el·ler ˈchi-zə-lər, ˈchiz-lər noun

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