chaffer

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[chaf-er]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to bargain; haggle: to chaffer over a price.
  2. to bandy words; chatter: to chaffer about nothing in particular.
verb (used with object)
  1. to bandy (words).
  2. Obsolete. to trade or deal in; barter.

Origin of chaffer

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

chaffer

2
[chaf-er]
noun
  1. a person who chaffs or banters.

Origin of chaffer

2
First recorded in 1850–55; chaff2 + -er1
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chaffer

verb
  1. (intr) to haggle or bargain
  2. to chatter, talk, or say idly; bandy (words)
  3. (tr) obsolete to deal in; barter
noun
  1. haggling or bargaining
Derived Formschafferer, noun

Word Origin for chaffer

C13 chaffare, from chep bargain + fare journey; see cheap, fare
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Word Origin and History for chaffer
n.

"a bargain," early 13c., cheffare "buying and selling," also (14c.) cheapfare, probably from Old English ceap "bargain, traffic, gain, sale" (see cheap) + faru "faring, going" (see fare (n.)). In later use, "haggling." The verb is recorded from mid-14c.

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