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[hag-uh l] /ˈhæg əl/
verb (used without object), haggled, haggling.
to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner:
They spent hours haggling over the price of fish.
to wrangle, dispute, or cavil:
The senators haggled interminably over the proposed bill.
verb (used with object), haggled, haggling.
to mangle in cutting; hack.
to settle on by haggling.
Archaic. to harass with wrangling or haggling.
the act of haggling; wrangle or dispute over terms.
1275-1325; Middle English haggen to cut, chop (< Old Norse hǫggva to hew) + -le
Related forms
haggler, noun
unhaggled, adjective
unhaggling, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for haggling
  • But part of that reinvention must be an end to petty haggling over fees.
  • First, consider the ongoing haggling over the science.
  • The haggling is now over precisely which areas should be developed.
  • But the country will sign up so that it is well-positioned for the next round of haggling over regulations.
  • Car superstores offer a high-tech, no price haggling way of buying used cars.
  • So there will be plenty of haggling over the details in the days ahead.
  • Prices for honey sold to individual consumers varies according to haggling power.
  • Buyers often swarmed over the wagons, checking the fruit for freshness and quality, while haggling over prices with the growers.
  • After some haggling, the company reinstated the benefits of its former employee.
  • Even after a reasonable designer was finally located, the haggling continued right down to the final doorknob.
British Dictionary definitions for haggling


(intransitive) often foll by over. to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
(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 haggling



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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