SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object) to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money. verb (used with object) to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade. to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually followed by away): bartering away his pride for material gain. noun the act or practice of bartering. items or an item for bartering: We arrived with new barter for the villagers. Origin of barter 1400–50; late Middle English,
Anglo-French, Old French bareter, barater
), with shift of sense
Related forms bar·ter·er, noun out·bar·ter, verb (used with object) un·bar·tered, adjective un·bar·ter·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bartered Contemporary Examples of bartered
They confirmed that some soldiers have
bartered away military equipment, including knives, helmets, and flak jackets, for drugs. Historical Examples of bartered
I trust not the varlet with whom I
bartered it for my motley.
Not so much as a weapon had I that I might have
bartered for a few coins.
How if I have
bartered my fortune for a few pieces of money?'
I would not have
bartered the place in that cabriolet for the proudest throne in Europe.
bartered more horses in a month than we had at other times in a year. British Dictionary definitions for bartered verb to trade (goods, services, etc) in exchange for other goods, services, etc, rather than for money the refugees bartered for food (intr) to haggle over the terms of such an exchange; bargain noun trade by the exchange of goods Derived Forms barterer, noun Word Origin for barter
C15: from Old French
barater to cheat; perhaps related to Greek prattein to do
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Word Origin and History for bartered v.
mid-15c., apparently from Old French
barater "to barter, cheat, deceive, haggle" (also, "to have sexual intercourse"), 12c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Celtic language (cf. Irish brath "treachery"). Connection between "trading" and "cheating" exists in several languages. Related: Bartered; bartering. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb.
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The exchange of
goods or services for other goods or services, rather than for money.
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