chaffer

noun
chaf·​fer | \ ˈcha-fər How to pronounce chaffer (audio) \

Definition of chaffer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic
: a haggling about price

chaffer

verb
chaffered; chaffering\ ˈcha-​f(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce chaffer (audio) \

Definition of chaffer (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : haggle
2 British : to exchange small talk : chatter

transitive verb

2 : to bargain for

Other Words from chaffer

Verb

chafferer \ ˈcha-​fər-​ər How to pronounce chaffer (audio) \ noun

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The noun chaffer was originally used to refer to commercial trading. Chaffer (also spelled chaffare, cheffare, and cheapfare over the years) dates to the 1200s and was formed as a combination of Middle English chep, meaning "trade" or "bargaining," and fare, meaning "journey." The verb chaffer appeared in the 1300s and originally meant "to trade, buy, and sell." In time, both the verb and the noun were being applied to trade that involved haggling and negotiating.

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

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“Chaffer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaffer. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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