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verb (used without object)
  1. to deal, swap, or trade with petty bargaining; bargain; haggle.
  2. to barter.
  3. to try to arrange matters by mutual bargaining: They dickered for hours over some of the finer points of the contract.
  1. a petty bargain.
  2. a barter or swap.
  3. an item or goods bartered or swapped.
  4. a deal, especially a political deal.

Origin of dicker

First recorded in 1795–1805; perhaps v. use of dicker2


  1. the number or quantity ten, especially a lot of ten hides or skins.

Origin of dicker

1225–75; Middle English diker < Old French dacre, Medieval Latin dikeria; compare Latin decuria decury
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Related Words for dicker

haggle, barter, negotiate, palter, trade, huckster, chaffer

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Contemporary Examples of dicker

  • The only thing America lacks is a tough, take no prisoners "Negotiator-in-Chief" to dicker America's way to the top again.

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    Trump's Tea Party Triumph

    Jim DeFede

    April 17, 2011

Historical Examples of dicker

British Dictionary definitions for dicker


  1. to trade (goods) by bargaining; barter
  2. (intr) to negotiate a political deal
    1. a petty bargain or barter
    2. the item or items bargained or bartered
  1. a political deal or bargain

Word Origin for dicker

C12: ultimately from Latin decuria decury; related to Middle Low German dēker lot of ten hides
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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.

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