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dicker

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noun dick·er \ˈdi-kər\

Definition of dicker

  1. :  the number or quantity of 10 especially of hides or skins

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Origin and Etymology of dicker

Middle English dyker, from Latin decuria quantity of ten, from decem ten — more at ten


First Known Use: 14th century


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dicker

verb dick·er

Definition of dicker

dickered

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dickering

play \ˈdi-k(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  bargain dickered over the price

Examples of dicker in a sentence

  1. I tried to dicker for a discounted price.

  2. they dickered over the price of the car for a few minutes

Did You Know?

Etymologists aren't exactly sure of the origins of the verb dicker; however, there is a probability that it arose from the bartering of animal hides on the American frontier. The basis of that theory is founded on the noun dicker, which in English can refer to a quantity of ten hides. That word is derived from decuria, the Latin word for a bundle of ten hides, and ultimately from Latin decem, meaning "ten" (to learn why the month December comes from the Latin word decem, click here). In ancient Rome, a decuria became a unit of bartering. The word entered Middle English as dyker and eventually evolved to dicker. It has been posited that the verb emerged from the bargaining between traders over dickers of hides, but not all etymologists are sold on that idea.

Origin and Etymology of dicker

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1797


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dicker

noun dick·er

Definition of dicker

  1. 1 :  barter

  2. 2 :  an act or session of bargaining

1797

First Known Use of dicker

1797


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dicker

verb dick·er

Definition of dicker for English Language Learners

  • : to talk or argue with someone about the conditions of a purchase, agreement, or contract


Law Dictionary

dicker

intransitive verb dick·er \ˈdi-kər\

Legal Definition of dicker

dickered

dickering

  1. :  to seek to arrive at a workable and agreeable arrangement by negotiating and haggling



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