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chaffer1

[chaf-er] /ˈtʃæf ər/
noun
1.
bargaining; haggling.
verb (used without object)
2.
to bargain; haggle:
to chaffer over a price.
3.
to bandy words; chatter:
to chaffer about nothing in particular.
verb (used with object)
4.
to bandy (words).
5.
Obsolete. to trade or deal in; barter.
Origin of chaffer1
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English chaffare, derivative of chapfare trading journey, equivalent to Old English cēap trade (see cheap) + faru journey; see fare
Related forms
chafferer, noun

chaffer2

[chaf-er] /ˈtʃæf ər/
noun
1.
a person who chaffs or banters.
Origin
First recorded in 1850-55; chaff2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for chaffer
Historical Examples
  • God is no tradesman that he should chaffer for the forgiveness of sins.

  • 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.

  • Be first in acting.Prig; to chaffer or higgle about a thing.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • And the Sicilian is too grave and dignified to chaffer or to make himself cheap or dear.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • Then began a four hours chaffer which resulted in the desired treaty.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • He did not one bit want to chaffer gallantries with the young women.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • You make him go out into the market and chaffer for his bread!

  • He halted to chaffer with an Indian woman who carried a basket of fish from the sea.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Once round the corner of the house, I let him go; but I dared not wait to chaffer.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for chaffer

chaffer

/ˈtʃæfə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to haggle or bargain
2.
to chatter, talk, or say idly; bandy (words)
3.
(transitive) (obsolete) to deal in; barter
noun
4.
haggling or bargaining
Derived Forms
chafferer, noun
Word Origin
C13 chaffare, from chep bargain + fare journey; see cheap, fare
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Word Origin and History for chaffer
n.

"a bargain," early 13c., cheffare "buying and selling," also (14c.) cheapfare, probably from Old English ceap "bargain, traffic, gain, sale" (see cheap) + faru "faring, going" (see fare (n.)). In later use, "haggling." The verb is recorded from mid-14c.

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