hag·​gle | \ ˈha-gəl How to pronounce haggle (audio) \
haggled; haggling\ ˈha-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce haggling (audio) \

Definition of haggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut roughly or clumsily : hack
2 archaic : to annoy or exhaust with wrangling

intransitive verb

: bargain, wrangle haggling over the price



Definition of haggle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of negotiating or arguing over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract : an instance of haggling or bargaining a haggle over price

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Other Words from haggle


haggler \ ˈha-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce haggler (audio) \ noun

Examples of haggle in a Sentence

Verb She is good at haggling. had to haggle to get his friend to sell his guitar for 20 bucks
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nirmal’s brother had to make a 1,500-mile journey back to Rajasthan, where neither brother has ever lived, to haggle with officials and seek out distant relatives in an effort to provide proof of citizenship acceptable to the NRC officials. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 The pitch: No longer would consumers be buried under a complex process of haggling with dealerships and making sense of fine print, registration details, and insurance contracts. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "This SoftBank-Backed Startup Sought to Disrupt the Car Market. Instead, It Became a Poster Child for Disruption Gone Awry," 19 Dec. 2019 Months haggling with Taliban emissaries in Qatar followed. The Economist, "Why no one can afford to call off peace talks in Afghanistan," 16 Nov. 2019 While officials from both countries continue to haggle, the economic toll of the trade war is adding up. New York Times, "Trump Vowed to Shrink the Trade Gap. It Keeps Growing.," 5 Nov. 2019 Bassil’s statement comes after weeks of haggling over the nature of the government that is to replace the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri who resigned in late October. Washington Post, "Lebanon’s FM calls for emergency government of experts," 12 Dec. 2019 On Wednesday lawyers for Remington Arms and the families agreed to the date after nearly two hours of haggling before Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "After long delay, lawsuit by Sandy Hook families against gun maker Remington Arms will go to trial in 2021," 11 Dec. 2019 And once a rescue has been carried out, both Italy and Malta have closed their ports to the NGO ships, leading to days or weeks of haggling with the EU to find a safe harbor. BostonGlobe.com, "MILAN — The deaths of at least 13 people early Monday on an overloaded migrant boat that capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa have galvanized calls to shut down smuggler routes and revamp search-and-rescue efforts in the deadly central Mediterranean Sea.," 8 Oct. 2019 Instead of haggling over tenths of a percentage point, the commission should enter negotiations over next year’s budget aiming for a more ambitious agreement. The Economist, "How to defuse the threat that Matteo Salvini poses to the euro," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Convenient sale process: Avis, Enterprise and Hertz offer no-haggle pricing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Edmunds: Should you buy a rental car?," 18 Sep. 2019 However, talks with Camp Nou have laboured as the young star's agent (the infamous Mino Raiola) haggles for the best financial package. SI.com, "Matthijs de Ligt's Agent Mino Raiola 'Prefers' Liverpool Option Over Barcelona," 5 June 2019 Instead the program negotiates deals and discounts with local dealerships to eliminate the haggle harassment of car-buying. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Did You Know You Can Buy a Car At Costco?," 6 May 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Some dealers are also instituting no-haggle policies, where the dealer sets an advertised price and sticks to it, relieving salespeople from having to negotiate to complete a sale. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Dearth of a Salesman: Auto Dealers Struggle to Recruit, Retain Younger Workers," 23 Aug. 2018 The vote clears the way for formal negotiations to kick off as Merkel’s conservative bloc and the SPD haggle over policies and control of key ministries. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "German coalition talks clear key hurdle as Merkel’s would-be partner votes to go ahead," 21 Jan. 2018 With neither man fluent in the other’s language, the two haggle over whether to proceed once roadblocks pop up to hinder their way to Gwangju. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "‘A Taxi Driver’: Film Review," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of haggle


1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haggle

Verb and Noun

frequentative of hag to hew

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The first known use of haggle was in 1599

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Haggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggle. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce haggle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of haggle

: to talk or argue with someone especially in order to agree on a price


hag·​gle | \ ˈha-gəl How to pronounce haggle (audio) \
haggled; haggling

Kids Definition of haggle

: to argue especially over a price

Other Words from haggle

haggler \ ˈha-​glər \ noun

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