- (intransitive) To haggle or barter.
- To chaffer for preferments with his gold.
1866, “Mr. Dod's Six Shots”, in Harper's Magazine, volume 32, page 208:
- While he is at the front end selling calico to some wearisome old lady, sunbonneted and chaffering, a mischievous boy is very apt to be pocketing lumps of sugar for profit, or starting the faucet of a molasses barrel for fun at the other.
- 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.
- To talk much and idly; to chatter.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Trench to this entry?)
chaffer (plural chaffers)
- (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, page 449:
- A fan blows air through the chaffer to remove lightweight material known as chaff.
- Aspirate mutation of caffer.