English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
1570s, "to cut unevenly" (implied in
), frequentative of haggler Middle English ( haggen “ to chop ”), variant of ( hacken “ to hack ”), equivalent to + hack . Sense of "argue about price" first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away. Related: Haggled; haggling. Source: -le 
Pronunciation [ edit ]
haggle ( third-person singular simple present , haggles present participle , haggling simple past and past participle ) haggled
( 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.
( transitive ) To hack (cut crudely)
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. To stick at small matters; to
chaffer; to higgle.
Royalty and science never
haggled about the value of blood.
Synonyms [ edit ]
( to argue for a better deal ) : wrangle
Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
to argue for a better deal
to stick at small matters
See also [ edit ]