chaffer

1
[ chaf-er ]
/ ˈtʃæf ər /

noun

bargaining; haggling.

verb (used without object)

to bargain; haggle: to chaffer over a price.
to bandy words; chatter: to chaffer about nothing in particular.

verb (used with object)

to bandy (words).
Obsolete. to trade or deal in; barter.

Origin of chaffer

1
1175–1225; Middle English chaffare, derivative of chapfare trading journey, equivalent to Old English cēap trade (see cheap) + faru journey; see fare

Related forms

chaff·er·er, noun

Definition for chaffer (2 of 2)

chaffer

2
[ chaf-er ]
/ ˈtʃæf ər /

noun

a person who chaffs or banters.

Origin of chaffer

2
First recorded in 1850–55; chaff2 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for chaffer

chaffer

/ (ˈtʃæfə) /

verb

(intr) to haggle or bargain
to chatter, talk, or say idly; bandy (words)
(tr) obsolete to deal in; barter

noun

haggling or bargaining

Derived Forms

chafferer, noun

Word Origin for chaffer

C13 chaffare, from chep bargain + fare journey; see cheap, fare
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