Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To bargain; barter.
  • n. The act or process of bargaining.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to bargain, haggle or negotiate over a sale
  • v. to barter
  • n. The number or quantity of ten, particularly modifying hides or skins; a daker.
  • n. A chaffering, barter, or exchange, of small wares.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The number or quantity of ten, particularly ten hides or skins; a dakir.
  • n. A chaffering, barter, or exchange, of small wares.
  • v. To negotiate a dicker; to barter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trade by petty bargaining and barter; haggle.
  • To barter; trade off; swap.
  • n. The number or quantity ten; particularly, ten hides or skins, forming the twentieth part of a last of hides.
  • n. Trading on a small scale by bargain and barter; a transaction so conducted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. negotiate the terms of an exchange

Etymologies

Probably from dicker, a quantity of ten, ten hides, from Middle English diker, perhaps from Old English *dicor, from Latin decuria, set of ten, from decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • One of their snipers is poised to take a shot at the Afghan who appears to be pointing out their exact position to the insurgents, a possible "dicker".

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  • The "dicker" was a neighbour who had apparantly watched closely morning after morning from his bedroom window noting every action of someone with whom he was on first name terms.

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  • He was hard as iron, determined to oust the English from the territory, and in no mood to dicker.

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  • Now, if I can put through that dicker with Caswell's six horses -- say, I just got onto that horse-buyer to-day.

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  • Well, they didn't dicker very long, but when the Strange One headed south again, it was in the rear of a spanking dog-team.

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