- to talk or act insincerely or deceitfully; lie or use trickery.
- to bargain with; haggle.
- to act carelessly; trifle.
Origin of palter
Examples from the Web for palter
It is in vain to palter with our conscience: there are not two honours—two honesties.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Never for an instant did either of these palter with the other.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
The honour of the school was in question, and he had no right to palter with that.The Willoughby Captains
Talbot Baines Reed
Aziel could no longer palter with himself, it was the truth.Elissa
H. Rider Haggard
It must not, like the witches in Macbeth, "palter in a double sense."Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume III (of 20)
- to act or talk insincerely
- to haggle
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.