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- To talk insincerely; to prevaricate or equivocate in speech or actions.
- Romans, that have spoke the word, / And will not palter.
- Who never sold the truth to serve the hour, / Nor paltered with eternal God for power.
- 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 2/4/1, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
- But, with a gesture, she put a period to this dalliance—one shouldn't palter so on an empty stomach, she might almost have said.
- 2010, Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles
- I would prevaricate and palter in my usual plausible way, but, this being Cambridge, such stratagems would cut no ice with my remorseless and (in my imagination) gleefully malicious interrogator, who would stare at me with gimlet eyes and say in a harsh voice that crackled with mocking laughter: ‘Excuse me, but do you even know who Lermontov is?’
- (now rare) To trifle.
- To haggle.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cotgrave to this entry?)
- To babble; to chatter.
to talk insincerely