verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of bargain
Synonyms for bargain
Related Words for into the bargainfurther, more, likewise, besides, additionally, along, furthermore, moreover, withal
- something bought or offered at a low pricea bargain at an auction
- (as modifier)a bargain price
Word Origin for bargain
mid-14c., "business transaction or agreement," also "that which is acquired by bargaining," from Old French bargaine, from bargaignier (see bargain (v.)). Meaning "article priced for special sale" is from 1899. A bargain basement (1899) originally was a basement floor in a store where bargains were displayed.
late 14c., from Old French bargaignier (12c., Modern French barguigner) "to haggle over the price," perhaps from Frankish *borganjan "to lend" or some other Germanic source, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *borgan (cf. Old High German borgen; Old English borgian, source of borrow). Another suggestion is that the French word comes from Late Latin barca "a barge," because it "carries goods to and fro." There are difficulties with both suggestions. Related: Bargained; bargaining.
into the bargain
Also, in the bargain. In addition, over and above what is expected. For example, The new researcher was an excellent chemist and a good programmer in the bargain, or It was very cold, and then rain and sleet were added into the bargain. These expressions transfer bargain in the sense of “a business agreement” to what is anticipated.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bargain
- bargain for
- drive a bargain
- into the bargain
- make the best of it (a bad bargain)
- more than one bargained for
- strike a bargain