[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. haggard,
  2. haggard, sir henry rider,
  3. haggardly,
  4. hagged,
  5. haggis,
  6. hagi,
  7. hagia,
  8. hagia sophia,
  9. hagia sophia, cathedral of,
  10. hagiarchy

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 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 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 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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