- 1[transitive, intransitive] chip (something) to damage something by breaking a small piece off it; to become damaged in this way a badly chipped saucer She chipped one of her front teeth. These plates chip easily.
- 2[transitive] chip something + adv./prep. to cut or break small pieces off something with a tool Chip away the damaged area. The fossils had been chipped out of the rock. It took a long time to chip a hole in the wall. It needs skill to chip a block of stone into a recognizable shape.
- 3[transitive, intransitive] chip (something) (especially in golf and football (soccer )) to hit or kick the ball so that it goes high in the air and then lands within a short distance See related entries: Soccer, Golf
- 4[transitive] chip potatoes (British English) to cut potatoes into long thin pieces and fry them in deep oil
- 5[transitive] chip something to put a microchip under the skin of a dog or other animal so that it can be identified if it is lost or stolen Word Origin Middle English: related to Old English forcippian ‘cut off’.Extra examples She fell and chipped her tooth badly. They chipped away at the power of the government. We chipped the paint off the wood. Phrasal Verbschip away at somethingchip in (with something)chip off
BrE BrE//tʃɪp//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chip
BrE BrE//tʃɪp//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪp//he / she / it chips
BrE BrE//tʃɪps//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪps//past simple chipped
BrE BrE//tʃɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪpt//past participle chipped
BrE BrE//tʃɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪpt//-ing form chipping
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪpɪŋ//Soccer, Golf