Definition of chaffer in English:


Syllabification: chaf·fer
Pronunciation: /ˈCHafər


[no object]
Haggle about the terms of an agreement or price of something.
More example sentences
  • The U. S. State Department last week was chaffering with the French government on this matter.
  • He had bought him in Sydney from a sailor for eighteen shillings and chaffered an hour over the bargain.
  • He was choosing from my videoarchive the pieces he wanted to show, discussed with the visitors and chaffered with them.


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Haggling about the price of something.
More example sentences
  • Kojima Productions indirectly answered all of this chaffering by giving players the ability to choose.
  • There was its corn market down the main street, with hum of chaffering over open sacks.
  • The liberal theory of the state, hostile to princes, rejects the princes’ greed for lands and chaffering in lands.


Middle English (in the sense 'trade or trading'): from Old English cēap 'a bargain' + faru 'journey'; probably influenced by Old Norse kaupfǫr.



More example sentences
  • He turned in an instant from an outraged gentleman to an anxious chafferer recommending his goods.
  • Now, with the poverty of a Christian, Gregory is immersed in the bustle of a chafferer.
  • On the further side were the venders and chafferers, - old women under awnings and big umbrellas, rickety tables piled high with fruit, white caps and brown faces, blouses, sabots, donkeys.

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