1325-75;Middle English < Anglo-French, variant of Old Frenchcisel < Vulgar Latin*cīsellus, diminutive of *cīsus, for Latincaesus, past participle of caedere to cut, with -ī- generalized from prefixed derivatives; cf. excide
1323, from O.Fr. cisel, from V.L. *cisellum "cutting tool," from L. caesellum, dim. of caesus pp. of caedere "to cut" (see concise). Slang sense of "to cheat, defraud" is first recorded in 1808 as chizzel; origin and connection to the older word are obscure.
To cheat or defraud, esp in a petty way; deal unfairly; scam: Every time I buy a car part, he chisels a buck or two(1808+)
To get without necessarily intending to repay or return; bum, mooch: Can I chisel a cigarette from you, pal?(1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
chisel in Technology
language An extension of C for VLSI design, implemented as a C preprocessor. It produces CIF as output. ["CHISEL - An Extension to the Programming language C for VLSI Layout", K. Karplus, PHD Thesis, Stanford U, 1982]. (2006-09-19)