Definitions

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  • n. A person who trades in dairy, poultry, and small game animals.
  • n. A person who haggles or negotiates for lower prices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who higgles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A close or tricky bargainer; hence, a chaffering peddler or huckster; one who goes about selling things for as much as he can get.

Etymologies

From higgle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mary, after an afternoon out, came home with her face all red and blubbered, sat in the kitchen sobbing and rocking herself, and told Mavis how she had heard on unimpeachable authority that the higgler was a married man.

    The Devil's Garden

  • “Well, have you made up your mind, old higgler?” said Asie, clapping him on the shoulder.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • He was, besides, the best sacrifice the higgler could make, as he had supplied him with no game since; and by this means the witness had an opportunity of screening his better customers: for the squire, being charmed with the power of punishing Black

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • At Dry River, a higgler had sold them mangoes and plantains and a necklace of mudfish and god-dammies, salt-dried and fried crisp, but all that now remained were fruit skins and fish tails.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Eventually their time came, when they broke into the house of a man named Tom Thurley, a higgler, living near the mill stream.

    Fragments of Two Centuries Glimpses of Country Life when George III. was King

  • He pitched, therefore, upon the city of Hereford, where he worked honestly for a space, until being in company one night with a higgler, he heard the man say he should go to a place called Ross to buy fowls.

    Lives of the Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences

  • ‘But it’s really very useful, and not at all bad, considering that I bought it off a higgler for a pound, and Scatty and I made it go.

    Sweet Danger

  • The higgler to whom the hare was sold, being unfortunately taken many months after with a quantity of game upon him, was obliged to make his peace with the squire, by becoming evidence against some poacher.

    X. Master Blifil and Jones Appear in Different Lights. Book III

  • He was, besides, the best sacrifice the higgler could make, as he had supplied him with no game since; and by this means the witness had an opportunity of screening his better customers: for the squire, being charmed with the power of punishing Black George, whom a single transgression was sufficient to ruin, made no further enquiry.

    X. Master Blifil and Jones Appear in Different Lights. Book III

  • On the night of the 17th a peculiarly brutal murder had been perpetrated on a poor higgler in Essex; and the Journal for January 28, tells us how Fielding “spent near eight hours,” examining, separately, suspected persons, “at the desire of several gentlemen of Fortune in the County of Essex”; having on the previous Friday and Saturday, been engaged “above Twenty hours in taking Depositions concerning this Fact.”

    Henry Fielding A Memoir

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  • one who haggles or bargains; itinerant dealer, similar to a cadger

    July 24, 2008