Origin of chiselNorman French (OFr cisel) from Vulgar Latin an unverified form cisellum, for Classical Latin an unverified form caesellum from caesus, past participle of caedere, to cut: see -cide
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
- to cut or shape with a chisel
- to take advantage of by cheating, sponging, etc.
- to get (something) in this way