Meaning of CHIP in English


I. ˈchip noun

Etymology: Middle English; akin to Old English -cippian

Date: 14th century


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 chip s

2. : something small, worthless, or trivial


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. : a piece of dried dung — usually used in combination

cow chip

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


a. : integrated circuit

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

7. : chip shot 1

- chip off the old block

- chip on one's shoulder

II. verb

( chipped ; chip·ping )

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

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


a. : to cut or hew with an edged tool


(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

2. British : chaff , banter

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

intransitive verb

1. : to break off in small pieces

2. : to play a chip shot

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.