Definition of haggle in English:


Line breaks: hag¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈhaɡ(ə)l


[no object]
Dispute or bargain persistently, especially over the cost of something: the two sides are haggling over television rights
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  • Everyday villagers were haggling for the costs of fruits and vegetables in the market.
  • Imagine how much we'll save on court costs and haggling over that silly bill of rights.
  • Besides, at the end of the day, isn't all negotiation haggling?
barter, bargain, negotiate, discuss terms, quibble, wrangle;
deal, wheel and deal, trade, traffic;
North American dicker
formal treat
archaic chaffer, palter


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A period of haggling: an inevitable and lengthy haggle over compensation
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  • There are many theories surrounding the art of bargaining in the bazaar, but there are only two really serious breaches of etiquette: not bargaining over the price, and walking away empty-handed after a lengthy haggle.
  • A short haggle with Granny over and done with - Granny won, but then she always does - I left with a silly smile on my face.


late 16th century (in the sense 'hack, mangle'): from Old Norse hǫggva 'hew'.



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  • The worst part of the freedom-for-safety swap is that it's never a done deal; the safety providers are endless hagglers, always coming back for more.
  • I am not a good haggler, because I trust people too much.
  • One of Jason's great strengths was that he was incredibly practical and pragmatic, and a damn good haggler.

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