- to deal, swap, or trade with petty bargaining; bargain; haggle.
- to barter.
- to try to arrange matters by mutual bargaining: They dickered for hours over some of the finer points of the contract.
- a petty bargain.
- a barter or swap.
- an item or goods bartered or swapped.
- a deal, especially a political deal.
Origin of dicker1
Examples from the Web for dickered
“We dickered back and forth and settled on .86 percent, not because it was a magic number,” said Hastert.Denny Hastert Disses the ‘Hastert Rule’: It ‘Never Really Existed’
October 3, 2013
Sence Old Time himself is a-storin' up the stunny years in his bag that can't be dickered with, or deceived.Samantha at the World's Fair
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)
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
- to trade (goods) by bargaining; barter
- (intr) to negotiate a political deal
- a petty bargain or barter
- the item or items bargained or bartered
- a political deal or bargain
Word Origin and History for dickered
"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.