palter

[pawl-ter]

verb (used without object)

to talk or act insincerely or deceitfully; lie or use trickery.
to bargain with; haggle.
to act carelessly; trifle.

Origin of palter

1530–40 in sense “to speak indistinctly,” perhaps alteration of falter in same sense, with p- from palsy1
Related formspal·ter·er, noun
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palter

verb (intr)

to act or talk insincerely
to haggle
Derived Formspalterer, noun

Word Origin for palter

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for palter
v.

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.

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