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haggle

[hag-uh l] /ˈhæg əl/
verb (used without object), haggled, haggling.
1.
to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner:
They spent hours haggling over the price of fish.
2.
to wrangle, dispute, or cavil:
The senators haggled interminably over the proposed bill.
verb (used with object), haggled, haggling.
3.
to mangle in cutting; hack.
4.
to settle on by haggling.
5.
Archaic. to harass with wrangling or haggling.
noun
6.
the act of haggling; wrangle or dispute over terms.
Origin of haggle
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English haggen to cut, chop (< Old Norse hǫggva to hew) + -le
Related forms
haggler, noun
unhaggled, adjective
unhaggling, adjective
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  • It is a sign of ignorance and ill-breeding to haggle over the price of a thing and try to induce the seller to take less for it.

    Lessons on Manners Edith E. Wiggin
  • He did not perceive the reasons or the consequences of it, and this was what induced him to haggle.

  • As soon as they became conscious of themselves as a class they began to haggle with their lords for more rights and privileges.

  • Perhaps he wished he had said more, when Tom did not haggle over the price.

  • At any rate, after the haggle of tax collection was finished, Bones set about his task.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • For twenty-four hours the haggle went on as to terms of capitulation.

British Dictionary definitions for haggle

haggle

/ˈhæɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by over. to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
2.
(transitive) (rare) to hack
Derived Forms
haggler, noun
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse haggva to hew
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Word Origin and History for haggle
v.

1570s, "to cut unevenly" (implied in haggler), frequentative of haggen "to chop" (see hack (v.1)). Sense of "argue about price" first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away. Related: Haggled; haggling.

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