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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chiz-uh l]
    • /ˈtʃɪz əl/
    • /ˈtʃɪz.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chiz-uh l]
    • /ˈtʃɪz əl/

Definitions of chiseling word

  • noun chiseling 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. 1
  • noun chiseling chisel plow. 1
  • noun chiseling (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Caelum. 1
  • verb with object chiseling to cut, shape, or fashion by or as if by carving with a chisel. 1
  • verb with object chiseling to cheat or swindle (someone): He chiseled me out of fifty dollars. 1
  • verb with object chiseling to get (something) by cheating or trickery: He chiseled fifty dollars out of me. 1

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Origin of chiseling

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, variant of Old French cisel < Vulgar Latin *cīsellus, diminutive of *cīsus, for Latin caesus, past participle of caedere to cut, with -ī- generalized from prefixed derivatives; cf. excide

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Chiseling


chiseling popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

chiseling usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chiseling

adjective chiseling

  • obstructive — to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
  • meddlesome — given to meddling; interfering; intrusive.
  • kibitzing — to act as a kibitzer.

noun chiseling

  • lithograph — a print produced by lithography.
  • photoengraving — a photographic process of preparing printing plates for letterpress printing.
  • photogravure — any of various processes, based on photography, by which an intaglio engraving is formed on a metal plate, from which ink reproductions are made.
  • woodcut — a carved block of wood from which prints are made.
  • intaglio — incised carving, as opposed to carving in relief.

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