from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To talk or act insincerely or misleadingly; equivocate. See Synonyms at lie2.
- intransitive v. To be capricious; trifle.
- intransitive v. To quibble, especially in bargaining.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To talk insincerely; to prevaricate or equivocate in speech or actions.
- v. To trifle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To haggle.
- intransitive v. To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle.
- intransitive v. To babble; to chatter.
- transitive v. To trifle with; to waste; to squander in paltry ways or on worthless things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To talk in a trifling manner; babble.
- To talk insincerely; equivocate; trifle; shift; use trickery.
- To trifle away; use or spend in a paltry manner; squander.
- To fashion by trickery; patch up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from *palter ("rag, trifle, worthless thing"), from Middle Low German palter ("rag, cloth"). More at paltry. (Wiktionary)