From Middle English chisel, chesil, from Old English ċeosol, ċeosel, ċysel, ċisel, ċisil (“gravel, sand”), from Proto-Germanic *kisilaz (“small stone, pebble”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeys- (“gravel”). Cognate with Scots keezel (“gravel”), Dutch kiezel (“gravel”), German Kiesel (“gravel”), Danish kis (“gravel”). See also chessom.
chisel (plural chisels)
- A cutting tool consisting of a slim oblong block of metal with a sharp wedge or bevel formed on one end. It may be provided with a handle at the other end. It is used to remove parts of stone, wood or metal by placing the sharp edge against the material to be cut and pushing or pounding the other end with a hammer, or mallet.
- (intransitive) To use a chisel.
- (transitive) To work something with a chisel.
- She chiselled a sculpture out of the block of wood.
- (intransitive, informal) To cheat, to get something by cheating.
- chisel in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- chisel in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- chisel at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Alternative form of