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[pawl-ter] /ˈpɔl tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to talk or act insincerely or deceitfully; lie or use trickery.
2.
to bargain with; haggle.
3.
to act carelessly; trifle.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40 in sense “to speak indistinctly,” perhaps alteration of falter in same sense, with p- from palsy1
Related forms
palterer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palter

palter

/ˈpɔːltə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to act or talk insincerely
2.
to haggle
Derived Forms
palterer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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