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[hag-uh l] /ˈhæg əl/
verb (used without object), haggled, haggling.
to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner:
They spent hours haggling over the price of fish.
to wrangle, dispute, or cavil:
The senators haggled interminably over the proposed bill.
verb (used with object), haggled, haggling.
to mangle in cutting; hack.
to settle on by haggling.
Archaic. to harass with wrangling or haggling.
the act of haggling; wrangle or dispute over terms.
Origin of haggle
1275-1325; Middle English haggen to cut, chop (< Old Norse hǫggva to hew) + -le
Related forms
haggler, noun
unhaggled, adjective
unhaggling, adjective Unabridged
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  • He did not perceive the reasons or the consequences of it, and this was what induced him to haggle.

  • There was a point beyond which the Earl of Barfield could not haggle.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • Perhaps he wished he had said more, when Tom did not haggle over the price.

  • You haggle over these trifles, and—why, look at your cabinet list!

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • For twenty-four hours the haggle went on as to terms of capitulation.

  • At any rate, after the haggle of tax collection was finished, Bones set about his task.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for haggle


(intransitive) often foll by over. to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
(transitive) (rare) to hack
Derived Forms
haggler, noun
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse haggva to hew
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Word Origin and History for haggle

1570s, "to cut unevenly" (implied in haggler), frequentative of haggen "to chop" (see hack (v.1)). Sense of "argue about price" first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away. Related: Haggled; haggling.

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