- to deal, swap, or trade with petty bargaining; bargain; haggle.
- to barter.
- to try to arrange matters by mutual bargaining: They dickered for hours over some of the finer points of the contract.
- a petty bargain.
- a barter or swap.
- an item or goods bartered or swapped.
- a deal, especially a political deal.
Origin of dicker1
- the number or quantity ten, especially a lot of ten hides or skins.
Origin of dicker2
Examples from the Web for dicker
The only thing America lacks is a tough, take no prisoners "Negotiator-in-Chief" to dicker America's way to the top again.Trump's Tea Party Triumph
April 17, 2011
It looks to me as if 'twould be pretty good business to dicker with him.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Yet the men had an ineradicable propensity to dicker among themselves.The Siege of Boston
"I did not," confessed Mr. Dicker, with a mixture of shame and abhorrence.
Dicker, I want you to bring in a bill to make Fastburg the only capital.
"I'm a hustler on a dicker, and a hellion on junk," snapped the boss.Blow The Man Down
- to trade (goods) by bargaining; barter
- (intr) to negotiate a political deal
- a petty bargain or barter
- the item or items bargained or bartered
- a political deal or bargain
Word Origin and History for dicker
"haggle, bargain in a petty way," 1802, American English, perhaps from dicker (n.) "a unit or package of tens," especially hides (attested from late 13c.), perhaps from Latin decuria "parcel of ten" (supposedly a unit of barter on the Roman frontier; cf. German Decher "set of ten things"), from decem "ten" (see ten) on model of centuria from centum.