chaffer

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From cheap fare.

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chaffer (third-person singular simple present chaffers, present participle chaffering, simple past and past participle chaffered)

  1. (intransitive) To haggle or barter.
    • Dryden
      To chaffer for preferments with his gold.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      But the people looked much like Caleb’s own. They wore dirty robes, chaffered at fruit stalls, spat, scratched.
  2. To talk much and idly; to chatter.
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chaffer

  1. Bargaining; merchandise.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From chaff +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

chaffer (plural chaffers)

  1. (agriculture) The upper sieve of a cleaning shoe in a combine harvester, where chaff is removed
    • 2003, William W. Casady, “Grain Harvesting Systems”, in Dennis R. Heldman editor, Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering[1], page 449:
      A fan blows air through the chaffer to remove lightweight material known as chaff.
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