[ hag-uh l ]
/ ˈhæg əl /

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 forms

hag·gler, nounun·hag·gled, adjectiveun·hag·gling, adjective
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Examples from the Web for haggler

  • I am no compromiser, no treaty-maker, no haggler, no beggar.

    The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
  • Thorliek said, "I am no haggler, but these horses you will never have, not even though you offer three times their worth."

    Laxdla Saga|Anonymous
  • Even when she contended over prices they were still polite with her and never called her haggler.

    Germinie Lacerteux|Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • "I don't quite like my children going away from home," said the haggler.

British Dictionary definitions for haggler


/ (ˈhæɡəl) /


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

Derived Forms

haggler, noun

Word Origin for haggle

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