Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To bargain; barter.
  • noun The act or process of bargaining.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • verb U.S. To negotiate a dicker; to barter.
  • noun obsolete The number or quantity of ten, particularly ten hides or skins; a dakir.
  • noun U.S. A chaffering, barter, or exchange, of small wares.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb negotiate the terms of an exchange

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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Examples

  • Such critics had come to Washington, had made their "dicker," danced at the hotel hops, and been jostled on the Avenue.

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    The Expressman and the Detective Allan Pinkerton 1856

  • Then, the white men who penetrated to those semi-wilds were always ready to "dicker" and to "swap," and to

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper 1820

  • 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".

    Army Rumour Service 2010

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service 2010

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

    CHAPTER XIII 2010

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

    George Washington’s First War David A. Clary 2011

  • This incredible development is what happens when we let Yankees dicker with things that should be left to Southerners.

    ELMER FUDD'S BRUNSWICK STEW 2009

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

    George Washington’s First War David A. Clary 2011

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

    George Washington’s First War David A. Clary 2011

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