palter

[ pawl-ter ]
/ ˈpɔl tər /

verb (used without object)

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

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Origin of palter

1530–40 in sense “to speak indistinctly,” perhaps alteration of falter in same sense, with p- from palsy1

OTHER WORDS FROM palter

pal·ter·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palter

palter
/ (ˈpɔːltə) /

verb (intr)

to act or talk insincerely
to haggle

Derived forms of palter

palterer, noun

Word Origin for palter

C16: of unknown origin
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