chaffer

noun
chaf·​fer | \ˈcha-fər \

Definition of chaffer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

archaic

: a haggling about price

chaffer

verb
chaffered; chaffering\ˈcha-​f(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of chaffer (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : haggle

2 British : to exchange small talk : chatter

transitive verb

2 : to bargain for

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from chaffer

Verb

chafferer \-​fər-​ər \ noun

Did You Know?

Verb

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.

Examples of chaffer in a Sentence

Verb

in that country you're expected to chaffer with the vendors at the bazaar just a couple of blokes chaffering at the neighborhood pub

First Known Use of chaffer

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chaffer

Noun

Middle English chaffare, from chep trade + fare journey — more at cheap entry 3, fare

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chaffer

Listen to Our Podcast about chaffer

Statistics for chaffer

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chaffer

The first known use of chaffer was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on chaffer

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with chaffer

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for chaffer

Comments on chaffer

What made you want to look up chaffer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!