- to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
- 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.
- the act or practice of bartering.
- items or an item for bartering: We arrived with new barter for the villagers.
Origin of barter
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Examples from the Web for bartered
They confirmed that some soldiers have bartered away military equipment, including knives, helmets, and flak jackets, for drugs.The Taliban's Heroin Ploy
October 19, 2009
I trust not the varlet with whom I bartered it for my motley.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Not so much as a weapon had I that I might have bartered for a few coins.The Strolling Saint
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.
We bartered more horses in a month than we had at other times in a year.
- to trade (goods, services, etc) in exchange for other goods, services, etc, rather than for moneythe refugees bartered for food
- (intr) to haggle over the terms of such an exchange; bargain
- trade by the exchange of goods
Word Origin and History for bartered
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.