palter (v.) 1530s, "speak indistinctly," of unknown origin. Hence "play fast and loose" (c.1600). Related: Paltered; paltering.

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  • Palter — ist der Name von: Lew Palter, US amerikanischer Schauspieler Morris Palter, kanadischer Schlagzeuger Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Palter — Pal ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Paltered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paltering}.] [See {Paltry}.] 1. To haggle. [Obs.] Cotgrave. [1913 Webster] 2. To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Palter — Pal ter, v. t. To trifle with; to waste; to squander in paltry ways or on worthless things. [Obs.] Palter out your time in the penal statutes. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palter — I verb act, act insincerely, be deceitful, be deceptive, be dishonest, be evasive, be false, be fraudulent, be hypocritical, be inconstant, be insincere, be mendacious, be perfidious, be uncandid, be untruthful, bear false witness, beguile,… …   Law dictionary

  • palter — *lie, prevaricate, equivocate, fib Analogous words: evade, elude, *escape: *trifle, dally …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • palter — [pôl′tər] vi. [freq. formation < dial. palt, rag, piece of cloth (< a LowG source): orig. ? with reference to haggling over cloth prices] 1. to talk or act insincerely; prevaricate 2. to deal with facts, decisions, etc. lightly or… …   English World dictionary

  • palter — verb /ˈpɔːltə,ˈpɒltə/ a) To talk insincerely; to prevaricate or equivocate in speech or actions. I would prevaricate and palter in my usual plausible way, but, this being Cambridge, such stratagems would cut no ice with my remorseless and (in my… …   Wiktionary

  • palter — [ pɔ:ltə, pɒl ] verb archaic 1》 equivocate or prevaricate. 2》 (palter with) trifle with. Derivatives palterer noun Origin C16 (in the sense mumble or babble ): of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • palter — /ˈpɔltə/ (say pawltuh) verb (i) 1. to talk or act insincerely; equivocate; deal crookedly. 2. to haggle. 3. to trifle: *inwardly he had a profound suspicion that the tall man was paltering with the truth –norman lindsay, 1913. {compare obsolete… …  

  • palter with the truth — index distort Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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