- to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner: They spent hours haggling over the price of fish.
- to wrangle, dispute, or cavil: The senators haggled interminably over the proposed bill.
- to mangle in cutting; hack.
- to settle on by haggling.
- Archaic. to harass with wrangling or haggling.
- the act of haggling; wrangle or dispute over terms.
Origin of haggle
Related Wordssquabble, barter, dicker, bargain, wrangle, quibble, cavil, deal, palter, argue, dispute, chaffer, horse-trade
Examples from the Web for haggle
Haggle over the numbers and details, attack the Senate for their failure to pass a budget, and then cut the best deal possible.What Can the GOP Accomplish During Obama's 2nd Term?
January 10, 2013
Finally, the Hagel haggle highlighted a critical lesson for the pro-Israel community.Why The Hagel Trial Balloon Popped
December 25, 2012
The Republican rep wants lawmakers to extend the Bush tax cuts, and haggle over the rest later.The Independent Rundown, November 28
November 29, 2012
We're just left to haggle over price: Should the successful pay forward 36% of their success or 39% or 28% or what.Why "You Didn't Build That" Stings the Successful
July 27, 2012
He did not perceive the reasons or the consequences of it, and this was what induced him to haggle.The Fortune of the Rougons
There was a point beyond which the Earl of Barfield could not haggle.Aunt Rachel
David Christie Murray
Perhaps he wished he had said more, when Tom did not haggle over the price.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
You haggle over these trifles, and—why, look at your cabinet list!The Plum Tree
David Graham Phillips
For twenty-four hours the haggle went on as to terms of capitulation.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
- (intr often foll by over) to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
- (tr) rare to hack
Word Origin and History for haggle
1570s, "to cut unevenly" (implied in haggler), frequentative of haggen "to chop" (see hack (v.1)). Sense of "argue about price" first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away. Related: Haggled; haggling.