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chaffer

noun chaf·fer \ ˈcha-fər \

Definition of chaffer

archaic
: a haggling about price

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Origin and Etymology of chaffer

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


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chaffer

verb

Definition of chaffer

chaffered; chaffering play \ˈcha-f(ə-)riŋ\
1 : haggle
2 British : to exchange small talk : chatter
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.

First Known Use of chaffer

14th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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