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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: bargain, wrangle
haggling over the price
haggler noun


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: 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

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
Over the final 48 hours of negotiations, when most of the terms of the deal had been set, Israel and Hamas were still haggling over the exact number of captives to be released. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 The sides have been haggling over ways to regulate the use of artificial intelligence, a major source of concern for actors. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 This expansion will provoke intense haggling over institutional reforms, fierce fights over budget and financing, and endless maneuvering to ensure some sort of balance between the acceptance of Moldova and Ukraine and western Balkan countries. Carl Bildt, Foreign Affairs, 28 Sep. 2023 Like the time their sister Irma bought candy with the money set aside to pay the family’s bills, and a preteen Molina went to the liquor store and haggled the money back, save for the cost of the two candies Irma had eaten. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2023 As the haggling restarts behind closed doors, the big question is what the industry will look like when the studio productions are up and running again. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Late last month the administration announced that the first 10 drugs had been selected for haggling. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 Under the new law, Medicare for the first time will be able to directly haggle with drugmakers over prices for the costliest medications to drive down the high cost of prescription drugs for older people. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 3 Oct. 2023 The implication is that a politician is the sort of person who prefers haggling with legislators to wielding executive authority. Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023
Halley is presiding over his first upfront — a weeks-long haggle over ad inventory for the networks’ next cycle of programming — after having succeeded longtime executive Jo Ann Ross. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 8 May 2023 To score a new vehicle, buyers are accepting no-haggle pricing, with significant market adjustments in some instances. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 16 Nov. 2021 So, when the prices come your way during your haggle, your job isn't to reply quickly with the next number. Darren A. Smith, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Low pressure Most rental car sales lots offer no-haggle pricing, which makes shopping less stressful. cleveland, 17 Apr. 2021 Few dealers have figured out how to make negotiating painless, except for those that do no-haggle pricing. Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, 19 Sep. 2020 On a typical trading desk, bond traders can gather price information, haggle with brokers and clients or check in with analysts and sales representatives with a few shouts or by pressing a button. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2020 Convenient sale process: Avis, Enterprise and Hertz offer no-haggle pricing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 5 June 2019 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

frequentative of hag to hew

First Known Use


1589, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haggle was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Haggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggle. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


haggled; haggling
: to dispute or argue especially in bargaining
haggle noun

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