- chip [chip]vt.chipped, chipping [ME chippen < OE * cippian < cipp, log, plowshare < L cippus, post, stake < IE base * k̑eipo-, sharp post]1. Rare to cut or chop with an ax or other sharp tool2.a) to break or cut a small piece or thin slice fromb) to break or cut off (a small piece or pieces)3. to shape by cutting or chopping [to chip a hole in the ice]4. Tennis to hit (a ball) in a short, soft shot with backspinvi.1.a) to break off in small pieces [this paint chips easily]b) to lose or be inherently subject to losing a small part or parts of itself [the plate will chip easily]2. Golf to make a chip shot3. Tennis to hit a short, soft shot with backspinn.[ME chippe < the v.]1. a small, thin piece of wood, stone, etc., cut or broken off2. a place where a small piece has been chipped off [a chip on the edge of a plate]3. wood, palm leaf, or straw split and woven into bonnets, hats, etc.☆ 4. a fragment of dried animal dung, sometimes used for fuel☆ 5. a worthless thing6. one of the small, round disks or counters used in poker and other gambling games as a token for money7.a) a thin slice or small piece of food [a potato chip, a chocolate chip]b) [pl.] Chiefly Brit. French fried potatoes8. Electronicsa) a semiconductor body in which an integrated circuit is formed or is to be formedb) INTEGRATED CIRCUIT9. Golf CHIP SHOT10. Tennis a shot that is chipped——————☆ cash in one's chips1. to turn in one's chips for their equivalent in money2. Slang to die——————☆ chip in Informal1. to share in giving money or help2. to add one's comments——————chip off the old blocka person much like his or her parent in appearance or characteristics——————☆ chip on one's shoulderInformal an inclination to fight or quarrel——————☆ in the chipsSlang rich; wealthy——————let the chips fall where they maylet the consequences be what they may——————☆ when the chips are downwhen something is really at stake
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.