• To use a chisel.
  • To work something with a chisel.
  • To cheat, to get something from (someone) by cheating.


  • From Middle English chisel, chesel, borrowed from Old Northern French chisel, from Vulgar Latin *cisellum, from *caesellum, from Latin caesus, past participle of caedere.
  • From Middle English chisel, chesil, from Old English ċeosol, ċeosel, ċysel, ċisel, ċisil, from Proto-West Germanic *kisil. See also chessom.

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