Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To buy or sell; trade or deal in.
  • To exchange; bandy.
  • To talk much and idly; chatter: as, “the chaffering sparrow,”
  • noun Merchandise; wares; goods; traffic.
  • noun Bargaining; haggling in buying and selling.
  • noun Same as chafer, 4.
  • noun One who employs chaff or light raillery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who chaffs.
  • noun obsolete Bargaining; merchandise.
  • intransitive verb To treat or dispute about a purchase; to bargain; to haggle or higgle; to negotiate.
  • intransitive verb To talk much and idly; to chatter.
  • transitive verb To buy or sell; to trade in.
  • transitive verb To exchange; to bandy, as words.

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  • verb intransitive To haggle or barter.
  • noun agriculture The upper sieve of a cleaning shoe in a combine harvester, where chaff is removed

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  • verb wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
  • verb talk socially without exchanging too much information

Etymologies

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Blend of cheap and fare.

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From chaff +‎ -er

Examples

  • As the "chaffer" shuffled off, Buck Bradley began to hum:

    The Border Boys Across the Frontier

  • I scattered my gold lavishly, nor did I chaffer over prices in mart or exchange.

    The Dignity of Dollars

  • We do not bargain and chaffer over our feelings, Hester and I.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Twinkling chaffer/roarers followed behind them, quickly surpassing the pillars as they raced into the starfield.

    Jason Stoddard, Strange and Happy » Blog Archive » Eternal Franchise, 15.1 of 31.1

  • Thinkest thou to chaffer with Him, who formed the earth, and spread out the heavens, or that thou canst offer aught of homage or devotion that can be worth acceptance in his eyes?

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Ali Shar, “Begone, without more chaffer and chatter; there is nothing in the house.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But now she had done her chaffer, and was looking about her as if to note the folk for her disport; but when she came across a child, whether it were borne in arms or led by its kinswomen, or were going alone, as were some, she seemed more heedful of it, and eyed it more closely than aught else.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Pasgen allowed himself to be divested of three of the amulets he had marked because to fail to chaffer would also mark him as unusual; however, he was growing impatient and finally made as if to throw down the amulets he was holding and walk away.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • Thus, when the duke of Norfolk presented King Henry's case to her, Anne hardly resisted at all; indeed, she did little more than to chaffer for the best possible bargain she could extract from the king.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • In the whole course of my life I never came across so mean a scoundrel; and now you chaffer with me as to whether or no you shall criminate yourself!

    Castle Richmond

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  • "That afternoon Stafford was fitted out with a safari suit in less than an hour in one of the Indian shops near the market. Nair did the chaffering and brought the price down to remarkably low level."

    - 'Windfall', Desmond Bagley.

    January 6, 2008