Definition of dicker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪkə/


[no object] chiefly North American
1Engage in petty argument or bargaining: Sam advised him not to dicker over the extra fee
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  • ‘Let's not dicker over minor issues,’ says Prof. Zhang Yansheng of Beijing's Central University of Finance and Economics.
  • But the plan has stalled as Morocco and Polisario dicker over who is eligible to vote in the referendum.
  • In Simms's world, there is no reason anymore for shoppers to visit a classic used-car lot, where they might see a selection of 150 or so cars that forces them to figure out what comes closest to their desires - and then to dicker over price.
2Toy or fiddle with: the company was still dickering with its pricing schedule
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  • Nobody dickered with it, she had to find the best cameraman she could, to get a print as clean and as fresh as that.
  • So you can, you know, dicker around with it, which the Republicans love to do, but the reality is things are better.
  • My most successful project has been dickering with the random search device at my place of work.



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  • Days before the Conference met last week, Ottawa swarmed with lobbyists and dickerers from all parts of the Empire and the world.
  • His picture of God as a cosmic dickerer purposely makes God petty and foolish, so much so that we scornfully, angrily reject it.


Early 19th century (originally US): perhaps from obsolete dicker 'set of ten (hides'), used as a unit of trade, based on Latin decem 'ten'.

Words that rhyme with dicker

bicker, clicker, flicker, kicker, liquor, nicker, picker, pricker, shicker, slicker, snicker, sticker, ticker, tricker, vicar, whicker, Wicca, wicker

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