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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
1795-1805; perhaps v. use of dicker2
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  • 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
  • Sence Old Time himself is a-storin' up the stunny years in his bag that can't be dickered with, or deceived.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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