- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for haggler
I am no compromiser, no treaty-maker, no haggler, no beggar.The Goose Man
"I don't quite like my children going away from home," said the haggler.Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Even when she contended over prices they were still polite with her and never called her haggler.Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Thorliek said, "I am no haggler, but these horses you will never have, not even though you offer three times their worth."Laxdla Saga
- (intr often foll by over) to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
- (tr) rare to hack
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.