[hag-uh l]

verb (used without object), hag·gled, hag·gling.

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.

verb (used with object), hag·gled, hag·gling.

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

1275–1325; Middle English haggen to cut, chop (< Old Norse hǫggva to hew) + -le
Related formshag·gler, nounun·hag·gled, adjectiveun·hag·gling, adjective
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Examples from the Web for haggle

Contemporary Examples of haggle

Historical Examples of haggle

  • He did not perceive the reasons or the consequences of it, and this was what induced him to haggle.

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for haggle



(intr often foll by over) to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
(tr) rare to hack
Derived Formshaggler, noun

Word Origin for haggle

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

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