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English

From Middle English chip, chippe, from Old English ċipp (chip; small piece of wood), from Old English *ċippian (to cut; hew) – attested in Old English forċippian (to cut off) –, from Proto-Germanic *kipp- (to cut; carve; hack; chop), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵey- (to split; divide; germinate; sprout). Related to Dutch kip, keep (notch; nick; score), Dutch kippen (to hatch), German Low German kippen (to cut; clip; trim; shorten), German kipfen (to chop off the tip; snip), Old Swedish kippa (to chop). Compare also chop.

The formally similar Old English ċipp, ċypp, ċyp (a beam; log; stock; post), from Proto-Germanic *kippaz (log; beam), whence Old Saxon kip (post), Old High German kipfa, chipfa (axle, stave) and Old Norse keppr (cudgel, club), ultimately from Latin cippus (stake; pale; post), is a different, unrelated word.

Hungarian

Borrowed from English chip.

Italian

Borrowed from English chip.

Romanian

From Hungarian kép (image).

Spanish

Borrowed from English chip.