- a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.
- chisel plow.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Caelum.
verb (used with object), chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.
- to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel.
- to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.
- to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me.
verb (used without object), chis·eled, chis·el·ing or (especially British) chis·elled, chis·el·ling.
- to work with a chisel.
- to trick; cheat.
- cut, shaped, etc., with a chisel: chiseled stone.
- sharply or clearly shaped; clear-cut: She has finely chiseled features.
- carved or formed with or as if with a chisel
- clear-cutfinely chiselled features
- a hand tool for working wood, consisting of a flat steel blade with a cutting edge attached to a handle of wood, plastic, etc. It is either struck with a mallet or used by hand
- a similar tool without a handle for working stone or metal
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
- to carve (wood, stone, metal, etc) or form (an engraving, statue, etc) with or as with a chisel
- slang to cheat or obtain by cheating
early 14c., from Anglo-French cisel, Old French cisel “chisel,” in plural, “scissors, shears” (12c., Modern French ciseau), from Vulgar Latin *cisellum “cutting tool,” from Latin caesellum, diminutive of caesus, past participle of caedere “to cut” (see -cide). Related: Chiseled; chiseling.
c.1500, “to break with a chisel,” from chisel (n.). Slang sense of “to cheat, defraud” is first recorded in 1808 as chizzel; origin and connection to the older word are obscure (cf. slang sense of gouge); chiseler in this sense is from 1918. Related: Chiseled; chiseling.
“having sharp outlines,” 1821, figurative past participle adjective from chisel (v.).