Definition of chisel in English:


Syllabification: chis·el
Pronunciation: /ˈCHizəl


  • A long-bladed hand tool with a beveled cutting edge and a plain handle that is struck with a hammer or mallet, used to cut or shape wood, stone, metal, or other hard materials.
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    • They would also have used tools such as planes, axes, adzes, draw knives, wedges, knives, chisels, hammers, mallets, awls, gouges, and spoon augers (a type of drill).
    • This type of leather craft involves hand tools like a chisel and hammer to create intricate designs.
    • Carpenters had mallets, hammers, drills, chisels, scrapers, planes, and copper saws at their disposal.

verb (chisels, chiseling, chiseled ; British chisels, chiselling, chiselled)

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  • 1Cut or shape (something) with a chisel: carefully chisel out a groove for the hinge
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    • Way back in the early days of the last century it was chiselled into shape in Pairc Mor Wood or Garrdha Chill.
    • Two huge standing Buddhas were chiselled into the cliff more than 1,500 years ago in the central Bamiyan Valley on the ancient Silk Route linking Europe and Central Asia.
    • Then he chips and chisels the block, carving out the small figurines.
    hew, engrave, incise, score, chip, carve
  • 2 informal , chiefly North American Cheat or swindle (someone) out of something: he’s chiseled me out of my dues
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    • On our job the pay rate for new construction was significantly higher than for repairs, so the company chiseled us by classifying everything as repairs.
    • Do you think you can chisel me out of a fortune and then prance over here and try me on like a secondhand suit?
    • Remember, if you to try to chisel me here I'm gonna slice you up.



Pronunciation: /ˈCHiz(ə)lər/
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  • It's chiselers and cheats and the whole thing makes me sick.
  • Then it was placed before the court to decide who should support the little chiseller, or the Scandinavian equivalent.
  • Well the problem with the minimum wage and Mr Howard is that Mr Howard is the chief chiseller.


late Middle English: from Old Northern French, based on Latin cis- (as in late Latin cisorium), variant of caes-, stem of caedere 'to cut'. Compare with scissors.

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