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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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  • It is a sign of ignorance and ill-breeding to haggle over the price of a thing and try to induce the seller to take less for it.

    Lessons on Manners Edith E. Wiggin
  • As he was firm, and as I had no time to haggle, I agreed to give him the money.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • As soon as they became conscious of themselves as a class they began to haggle with their lords for more rights and privileges.

  • Each of you lays the blame for this on the other, and I'm not going to haggle about that.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • At any rate, after the haggle of tax collection was finished, Bones set about his task.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • Tied to this imposing umbrella, how could I haggle with fishmongers for haddocks.

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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