Definition of chisel in English:

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chisel

Pronunciation: /ˈCHizəl/

noun

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.
Example sentences
  • 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)

[with object]
1Cut or shape (something) with a chisel: carefully chisel out a groove for the hinge
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

chiseler

Pronunciation: /ˈCHiz(ə)lər/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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  • scissors from Late Middle English:

    Scissors is from Old French cisoires, from late Latin cisoria, the plural of cisorium ‘cutting instrument’. The prefix cis- here is a variant of caes-, from caedere ‘to cut’, a variant also found in chisel (Late Middle English). The spelling with sc- occurred in the 16th century by association with the Latin sciss- from scinder ‘to cut’.

Words that rhyme with chisel

drizzle, fizzle, frizzle, grizzle, mizzle, sizzle, swizzle, twizzle

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Syllabification: chis·el

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