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[chaf-er] /ˈtʃæf ər/
noun
1.
bargaining; haggling.
verb (used without object)
2.
to bargain; haggle:
to chaffer over a price.
3.
to bandy words; chatter:
to chaffer about nothing in particular.
verb (used with object)
4.
to bandy (words).
5.
Obsolete. to trade or deal in; barter.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English chaffare, derivative of chapfare trading journey, equivalent to Old English cēap trade (see cheap) + faru journey; see fare
Related forms
chafferer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chafferer

chaffer

/ˈtʃæfə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to haggle or bargain
2.
to chatter, talk, or say idly; bandy (words)
3.
(transitive) (obsolete) to deal in; barter
noun
4.
haggling or bargaining
Derived Forms
chafferer, noun
Word Origin
C13 chaffare, from chep bargain + fare journey; see cheap, fare
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Word Origin and History for chafferer

chaffer

n.

"a bargain," early 13c., cheffare "buying and selling," also (14c.) cheapfare, probably from Old English ceap "bargain, traffic, gain, sale" (see cheap) + faru "faring, going" (see fare (n.)). In later use, "haggling." The verb is recorded from mid-14c.

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