[ hag-uhl ]
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verb (used without object),hag·gled, hag·gling.
  1. to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner: They spent hours haggling over the price of fish.

  2. to wrangle, dispute, or cavil: The senators haggled interminably over the proposed bill.

verb (used with object),hag·gled, hag·gling.
  1. to mangle in cutting; hack.

  2. to settle on by haggling.

  1. Archaic. to harass with wrangling or haggling.

  1. the act of haggling; wrangle or dispute over terms.

Origin of haggle

1275–1325; Middle English haggen to cut, chop (<Old Norse hǫggva to hew) + -le

Other words from haggle

  • haggler, noun
  • un·hag·gled, adjective
  • un·hag·gling, adjective

Words Nearby haggle

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How to use haggle in a sentence

  • After he had married her, he'd sell out this pile of junk and let somebody else haggle with the Injuns and cowpunchers.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • To have to refuse one who has made you a gift of her beauty a trifling article; to haggle over such matters, like a miser!

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • Hence there was time for the United States to consider the question of a purchase and to haggle a little over the price.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska | Charles Warren Stoddard
  • Otherwise people would get silly ideas and begin to haggle over the price.

    Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for haggle


/ (ˈhæɡəl) /

  1. (intr often foll by over) to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter

  2. (tr) rare to hack

Origin of haggle

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse haggva to hew

Derived forms of haggle

  • haggler, noun

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