verb (used without object)
Origin of palter
Examples from the Web for palter
Others might falter on the way; might palter with the truth; might parlay with the enemy.
We cannot palter; we cannot dissemble; we cannot shelter ourselves under half-truths, and make a covenant with lies.All Saints' Day and Other Sermons|Charles Kingsley
She would face the truth and not palter with it, now that the crisis had really come.Name and Fame|Adeline Sergeant
Aziel could no longer palter with himself, it was the truth.Elissa|H. Rider Haggard
The honour of the school was in question, and he had no right to palter with that.The Willoughby Captains|Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for palter
Word Origin for palter
Word Origin and History for palter
1530s, "speak indistinctly," of unknown origin. It has the form of a frequentative, but no verb palt is known. Connection with paltry is uncertain. Hence "play fast and loose" (c.1600). Related: Paltered; paltering; palterer.