1

dicker

noun dick·er \ ˈdi-kər \

Definition of dicker

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

dicker was our Word of the Day on 11/04/2016. Hear the podcast!

Origin and Etymology of dicker

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


2

dicker

verb

Definition of dicker

dickered; dickering play \ˈdi-k(ə-)riŋ\
: 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

dicker Synonyms


3

dicker

noun

Definition of dicker

1 : barter
2 : an act or session of bargaining

First Known Use of dicker

1797

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

DICKER Defined for English Language Learners

dicker

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


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to pay off by making regular payments

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

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!