- to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
- to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.
- to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually followed by away): bartering away his pride for material gain.
- the act or practice of bartering.
- items or an item for bartering: We arrived with new barter for the villagers.
Origin of barter
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Examples from the Web for barter
An unnamed Iranian official told the news service that the barter would include Russian weapons.Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran
April 8, 2014
In the right institutional setting, the human propensity to "truck, barter, and exchange" can enhance the welfare of all.The Rich Must Earn Their Love
May 3, 2012
Most of its international trade was essentially in barter, particularly with its Eastern European satellites.Why China Eclipsed Russia
July 30, 2009
They hit inter th' highway from Barter, that's what they done.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Now came the Indians I had seen at the lake to barter for some flour and pork.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
In early times the father might sell his daughters and barter his sisters.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Let us not barter them for the poor comforts of this brief life.The Shadow of a Crime
It looked like paltering and peddling, like sale and barter.
- to trade (goods, services, etc) in exchange for other goods, services, etc, rather than for moneythe refugees bartered for food
- (intr) to haggle over the terms of such an exchange; bargain
- trade by the exchange of goods
Word Origin and History for barter
mid-15c., apparently from Old French barater "to barter, cheat, deceive, haggle" (also, "to have sexual intercourse"), 12c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Celtic language (cf. Irish brath "treachery"). Connection between "trading" and "cheating" exists in several languages. Related: Bartered; bartering. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb.