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

  • intransitive v. To bargain, as over the price of something; dicker: "He preferred to be overcharged than to haggle” ( W. Somerset Maugham).
  • intransitive v. To argue in an attempt to come to terms.
  • transitive v. To cut (something) in a crude, unskillful manner; hack.
  • transitive v. Archaic To harass or worry by wrangling.
  • n. An instance of bargaining or arguing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To argue for a better deal, especially over prices with a seller.
  • v. To hack (cut crudely)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of haggling.
  • intransitive v. To be difficult in bargaining; to stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle.
  • transitive v. To cut roughly or hack; to cut into small pieces; to notch or cut in an unskillful manner; to make rough or mangle by cutting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hack roughly; cut or chop in an unskilful manner; mangle in cutting.
  • To tease; worry.
  • To bargain in a petty and tedious manner; higgle; stick at small matters; cavil.
  • To hail.
  • n. A haggling or chaffering.

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

  • n. an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
  • v. wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)


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

Frequentative of dialectal hag, to chop, hack, from Middle English haggen, from Old Norse höggva; see kau- in Indo-European roots.



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