Definition of chaffer
: a haggling about price
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Examples of chaffer in a sentence
in that country you're expected to chaffer with the vendors at the bazaar
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
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