from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cheep, as a bird.
  • noun A small broken or cut off piece, as of wood, stone, or glass.
  • noun A crack or flaw caused by the removal of a small piece.
  • noun A small disk or counter used in poker and other games to represent money.
  • noun Slang Money.
  • noun A small, thin piece of semiconductor bearing numerous circuits integrated into its substrate. A chip smaller than a fingernail can hold millions of circuits. Most of a computer's circuitry is built from chips mounted on circuit boards.
  • noun A thin, usually fried slice of food, especially a potato chip.
  • noun A very small piece of food or candy.
  • noun Chiefly British French fries.
  • noun Wood, palm leaves, straw, or similar material cut and dried for weaving.
  • noun A fragment of dried animal dung used as fuel.
  • noun Something worthless.
  • noun Sports A chip shot.
  • intransitive verb To chop or cut with an ax or other implement.
  • intransitive verb To break a small piece from.
  • intransitive verb To break or cut off (a small piece).
  • intransitive verb To shape or carve by cutting or chopping.
  • intransitive verb To become broken off into small pieces.
  • intransitive verb Sports To make a chip shot in golf.
  • idiom (chip off the old block) A child whose appearance or character closely resembles that of one or the other parent.
  • idiom (chip on (one's) shoulder) A habitually hostile or combative attitude.
  • idiom (when the chips are down) At a critical or difficult time.
  • noun A trick method of throwing one's opponent in wrestling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The cry of the bat.
  • In poker, to bet a counter of the smallest value, in order to keep in the pool until others declare.
  • To utter a short, dry, crisp sound, as a bird or a bat; cheep; chirp.
  • noun Specifically, in gem-cutting, a cleavage which weighs less than three fourths of a carat.
  • noun In wrestling, a special mode of throwing one's opponent; a trick.
  • noun A quarrel; a falling out; a ‘spat.’
  • To cut into small pieces or chips; diminish or disfigure by cutting away a little at a time or in small pieces; hack away. See chipping.
  • In poker, faro, and other games at cards, to bet; lay a wager: as, to chip five dollars (that is, to stake chips representing five dollars).
  • To break or fly off in small pieces, as the glazing in pottery.
  • In poker, to bet a chip: as, I chip.
  • To carp; gibe; sneer.
  • noun A small fragment of wood, stone, or other substance, separated from a body by a blow of an instrument, particularly a cutting instrument, as an ax, an adz, or a chisel.
  • noun Wood, coarse straw, palm-leaves, or similar material split into thin slips and made by weaving into hats and bonnets.
  • noun Anything dried up and deprived of strength and character.
  • noun Specifically— The dried dung of the American bison; a buffalo-chip.
  • noun Nautical, the quadrant-shaped piece of wood attached to the end of the log-line. See log.
  • noun One of the small disks or counters used in poker and some other games at cards, usually of ivory or bone, marked to represent various sums of money.
  • noun A carpenter: commonly in the plural.
  • noun A small wedge-shaped piece of ivory used in rough-tuning a piano.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To break or fly off in small pieces.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English cyp, beam, from Latin cippus.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English chip from Old English ċipp "log, beam, small piece of wood" from Proto-Germanic *kip(p)az (“log, beam”). Akin to Old Saxon kip "post", Old High German kipfa, chipfa "axle, stave", Old Norse keppr "cudgel, club". Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian cifël ("chip, splinter").


  • "_Thou art a chip -- Thou art a chip_," Angelica responded.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • "He never says anything except '_Chip, chip, chip, chip_,'" Jasper often remarked.

    The Tale of Jasper Jay Tuck-Me-In Tales

  • And when he said, "_Chip, chip, chip, chip_," Rusty knew that there could be no doubt about it.

    The Tale of Rusty Wren

  • And he began screaming, "_Chip, chip, chip, chip_," in a very shrill voice which was most annoying to hear.

    The Tale of Rusty Wren

  • One of these went past me as I stood by the roadside, rising very gradually into the air and repeating all the way, _Chip, chip, chip, chip_, till at last he broke into the warble, which was a full half longer than usual.

    Birds in the Bush

  • He rose for perhaps thirty feet, not spirally, but in a zigzag course, -- like a horse climbing a hill with a heavy load, -- all the time calling, _chip, chip, chip_.

    Birds in the Bush

  • "Right!" replied Dale; and a minute later he caught the rings of hemp thrown to him, and rapidly knotted the middle round Saxe, the end to his own waist; and as he knotted, _click, click! chip, chip_! went the ice-axe, deftly wielded by the guide, who with two or three blows broke through enough of the crust to make a secure footing while the ice flew splintering down the slope in miniature avalanches, with a peculiar metallic tinkling sound.

    The Crystal Hunters A Boy's Adventures in the Higher Alps

  • With 200,000 neurons linked up by 50 million synaptic connections, the chip is able to mimic the brain's ability to learn more closely than any other machine.

    Tew's Day!

  • The FeliCa chip is the contactless IC card usually used for electronic payments, but on some models at least it seems to be able to transmit.

    Exchanging phone numbers

  • I realize the chip is the expensive piece of the computer but you would think they would get the hint and replace it.

    Dell tales « BuzzMachine


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  • See piddle.

    August 27, 2008

  • For a little while I forsook you but with vast love I will bring you back. In slight anger (SHeTZeF QeTZeF), for a moment, I hid My face from you but with everlasting kindness I will bring you back in love, said the Lord your Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:7-8)

    SHeTZeF QeTZeF is the origin of the idioms "nose is out of joint", "chip on ... shoulder" and "gets up my nose". Substituting a tof for the tzadi produces the pun SHuToF + KaTeF = joint + shoulder. Even the sound of "iS ouT oF" is a loose transliteration of and pun on SHuToF (joint). "Gets up" is a pun on QeTZeF and @aF is a homonym that means both "nose" and "anger". See "dust up" as a noun meaning "a quarrel".

    June 17, 2009

  • A chip fork:

    April 6, 2010

  • I was born with chip forks on the end of each arm.

    April 6, 2010