haggle (v.) 1570s, "to cut unevenly" (implied in haggler), frequentative of haggen "to chop" (see HACK (Cf. 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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  • Haggle — Hag gle, v. i. To be difficult in bargaining; to stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle. [1913 Webster] Royalty and science never haggled about the value of blood. Walpole. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Haggle — Hag gle, n. The act or process of haggling. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Haggle — Hag gle (h[a^]g g l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Haggled} ( g ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Haggling} ( gl[i^]ng).] [Freq. of Scot. hag, E. hack. See {Hack} to cut.] To cut roughly or hack; to cut into small pieces; to notch or cut in an unskillful manner; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haggle — I verb argue, bargain, beat down, bid for, chaffer, deal, dicker, dispute, drive a bargain, higgle, make terms, negotiate, palter, quibble, stickle, underbid, wrangle associated concepts: arm s length bargaining, bickering over price II index… …   Law dictionary

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  • haggle — ► VERB ▪ dispute or bargain persistently, especially over a price. ► NOUN ▪ a period of haggling. DERIVATIVES haggler noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «hack, mangle»: from Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • haggle — [hag′əl] vt. haggled, haggling [freq. of HAG2] to chop or cut crudely; hack; mangle vi. to argue about terms, price, etc.; bargain; wrangle n. the act of haggling haggler n …   English World dictionary

  • haggle — UK [ˈhæɡ(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms haggle : present tense I/you/we/they haggle he/she/it haggles present participle haggling past tense haggled past participle haggled 1) to argue in order to agree on the price of something haggle… …   English dictionary

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