- bargaining; haggling.
- to bargain; haggle: to chaffer over a price.
- to bandy words; chatter: to chaffer about nothing in particular.
- to bandy (words).
- Obsolete. to trade or deal in; barter.
Origin of chaffer1
- a person who chaffs or banters.
Origin of chaffer2
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Examples from the Web for chaffer
God is no tradesman that he should chaffer for the forgiveness of sins.Dreamers of the Ghetto
You have the strength, the courage, the brains—why chaffer when you have but to strike once to win all?The Doomsman
Van Tassel Sutphen
Some of the rabble began to chaffer with this ancient hucksteress.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66
John Lothrop Motley
Be first in acting.Prig; to chaffer or higgle about a thing.Letters of Samuel Rutherford
And the Sicilian is too grave and dignified to chaffer or to make himself cheap or dear.The Admiral
- (intr) to haggle or bargain
- to chatter, talk, or say idly; bandy (words)
- (tr) obsolete to deal in; barter
- haggling or bargaining
C13 chaffare, from chep bargain + fare journey; see cheap, fare
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Word Origin and History for chaffer
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