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haggle (v.) 1570s, "to cut unevenly" (implied in haggler), frequentative of haggen "to chop" (see hack (v.1)). Sense of "argue about price" first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away. Related: Haggled; haggling. Source: [1]



haggle (third-person singular simple present haggles, present participle haggling, simple past and past participle haggled)

  1. (intransitive) To argue for a better deal, especially over prices with a seller.
    I haggled for a better price because the original price was too high.
  2. (transitive) To hack (cut crudely)
    • Shakespeare
      Suffolk first died, and York, all haggled o'er, / Comes to him, where in gore he lay insteeped.
    • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VIII
      I catched a catfish and haggled him open with my saw, and towards sundown I started my camp fire and had supper. Then I set out a line to catch some fish for breakfast.
  3. To stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle.
    • Walpole
      Royalty and science never haggled about the value of blood.


  • (to argue for a better deal): wrangle

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