Meaning of CHIP in English


(~s, ~ping, ~ped)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Chips are long, thin pieces of potato fried in oil or fat and eaten hot, usually with a meal. (BRIT; in AM, use French fries )

I had fish and ~s in a cafe...

N-COUNT: usu pl


Chips or potato ~s are very thin slices of fried potato that are eaten cold as a snack. (AM; in BRIT, use crisps )

...a package of onion-flavored potato ~s.

N-COUNT: usu pl


A silicon ~ is a very small piece of silicon with electronic circuits on it which is part of a computer or other piece of machinery.



A ~ is a small piece of something or a small piece which has been broken off something.

It contains real chocolate ~s...

Teichler’s eyes gleamed like ~s of blue glass.

N-COUNT: oft supp N


A ~ in something such as a piece of china or furniture is where a small piece has been broken off it.

The washbasin had a small ~.



If you ~ something or if it ~s, a small piece is broken off it.

The blow ~ped the woman’s tooth...

Steel baths are lighter but ~ easily.

VERB: V n, V


They drank out of ~ped mugs.



Chips are plastic counters used in gambling to represent money.

He put the pile of ~s in the center of the table and drew a card.

N-COUNT: usu pl


In discussions between people or governments, a ~ or a bargaining ~ is something of value which one side holds, which can be exchanged for something they want from the other side.

The information could be used as a bargaining ~ to extract some parallel information from Britain...



see also blue ~


If you describe someone as a ~ off the old block, you mean that they are just like one of their parents in character or behaviour.

Her fifth child was born, a son who Sally at first thought was another ~ off the old block.

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR


If you say that something happens when the ~s are down, you mean it happens when a situation gets very difficult. (INFORMAL)

When the ~s are down, she’s very tough.



If you say that someone has a ~ on their shoulder, you think that they feel inferior or that they believe they have been treated unfairly. (INFORMAL)

He had this ~ on his shoulder about my mum and dad thinking that they’re better than him.

PHRASE: Ns inflect, usu have/with PHR

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