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dicker1

[dik-er] /ˈdɪk ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to deal, swap, or trade with petty bargaining; bargain; haggle.
2.
to barter.
3.
to try to arrange matters by mutual bargaining:
They dickered for hours over some of the finer points of the contract.
noun
4.
a petty bargain.
5.
a barter or swap.
6.
an item or goods bartered or swapped.
7.
a deal, especially a political deal.
Origin of dicker1
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; perhaps v. use of dicker2
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Examples from the Web for dickered
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  • Sence Old Time himself is a-storin' up the stunny years in his bag that can't be dickered with, or deceived.

  • In the presence of the editor, Mr. Joe Blethen, he dickered for the sale of an affidavit to discredit me.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • Thinking that it might be possible to secure a canoe from here to Pueblo Viejo, we dickered with a boatman at the wharf.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • We dickered a little more, and I agreed to pay them a large amount of gin and a certain sum of money.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • Here he dickered for finely beaded moccasins and hat-bands and other articles for which he found a profitable market in the East.

    Mystery Ranch Arthur Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for dickered

dicker

/ˈdɪkə/
verb
1.
to trade (goods) by bargaining; barter
2.
(intransitive) to negotiate a political deal
noun
3.
  1. a petty bargain or barter
  2. the item or items bargained or bartered
4.
a political deal or bargain
Word Origin
C12: ultimately from Latin decuriadecury; related to Middle Low German dēker lot of ten hides
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Word Origin and History for dickered

dicker

v.

"haggle, bargain in a petty way," 1802, American English, perhaps from dicker (n.) "a unit or package of tens," especially hides (attested from late 13c.), perhaps from Latin decuria "parcel of ten" (supposedly a unit of barter on the Roman frontier; cf. German Decher "set of ten things"), from decem "ten" (see ten) on model of centuria from centum.

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