Language: Old English
Origin: cipp, cyp 'small piece of wood', from Latin cippus 'sharp post'


1 noun
Related topics: Food Dish, Gambling, Sport, Computers
chip1 S2 W3 [countable]


a) British English [usually plural]DFF a long thin piece of potato cooked in oil [= French fry American English]
b) American English [usually plural]DFF a thin flat round piece of food such as potato cooked in very hot oil and eaten cold [= crisp British English]


a small piece of silicon that has a set of complicated electrical connections on it and is used to store and process information in computers:
the age of the silicon chip
chip technology


a small piece of wood, stone, metal etc that has been broken off something:
Wood chips covered the floor of the workshop.
a chocolate chip cookie (=one that contains small pieces of chocolate)


a small hole or mark on a plate, cup etc where a piece has broken off
chip in
There's a chip in this bowl.

have a chip on your shoulder

to easily become offended or angry because you think you have been treated unfairly in the past

when the chips are down

spoken in a serious or difficult situation, especially one in which you realize what is really true or important:
When the chips are down, you've only got yourself to depend on.

be a chip off the old block

informal to be very similar to your mother or father in appearance or character


[usually plural]DGG a small flat coloured piece of plastic used in games such as poker or blackjack to represent a particular amount of money


also chip shot, chip kickDS a hit in golf, or a kick in football or rugby, that makes the ball go high into the air for a short distance

have had your chips

British English informal to be in a situation in which you no longer have any hope of improvement
blue chip

; ➔ cash in your chips

at cash in (3)

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