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 haggenRelated formshag·gler, nounun·hag·gled, adjectiveun·hag·gling, adjective
to cut, chop (< Old Norse hǫggva
) + -le
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Examples from the Web for haggler
Historical Examples of haggler
I am no compromiser, no treaty-maker, no haggler, no beggar.
"I don't quite like my children going away from home," said the haggler.
Even when she contended over prices they were still polite with her and never called her haggler.
Thorliek said, "I am no haggler, but these horses you will never have, not even though you offer three times their worth."
British Dictionary definitions for haggler
Derived Formshaggler, noun
(intr often foll by over) to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
(tr) rare to hack
Word Origin for haggle
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse haggva to hew
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Word Origin and History for haggler
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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