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chaffer

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noun chaf·fer \ˈcha-fər\

Definition of chaffer

archaic

  1. :  a haggling about price



Origin of chaffer

Middle English chaffare, from chep trade + fare journey — more at cheap, fare


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with chaffer


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chaffer

verb, chaf·fer

Definition of chaffer

chafferedchaffering play \ˈcha-f(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  haggle

  3. 2 British :  to exchange small talk :  chatter

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  exchange, barter

  6. 2 :  to bargain for

chafferer play \-fər-ər\ noun


Examples of chaffer in a sentence

  1. <in that country you're expected to chaffer with the vendors at the bazaar>

  2. <just a couple of blokes chaffering at the neighborhood pub>



Did You Know?

In the 1200s, the noun "chaffer" was originally used in the sense of "traffic" or "trade." This noun (also then spelled "chaffere," "cheffere," and "cheapfare") was formed as a combination of chep, meaning "trade" or "bargaining," and fare, meaning "journey." The verb "chaffer" appeared in the 1300s and originally meant "to trade, buy, and sell." Later, however, both the verb and the noun took on the senses referring to haggling and barter.

14th Century

First Known Use of chaffer

14th century


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