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

Other Words from haggle


haggler \ ˈha-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce haggle (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 And while many Democrats are anxious to address climate change before the midterm elections, which may change the balance of power in Washington, Mr. Manchin, who has been protective of his state’s coal industry, continues to haggle over that issue. New York Times, 7 July 2022 Democrats also agreed to allow the enhanced background check requirement for younger buyers to expire after 10 years, leaving future Congresses to haggle over whether it should be extended. Emily Cochrane, BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2022 Uber drivers have adopted the tactic of accepting rides, then messaging customers to haggle about the fees. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 With a July 31 deadline looming to complete complex or controversial legislation, House and Senate negotiators began meeting last Friday to haggle over their respective climate bills. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 But drivers were afraid to take the risk, forcing the Mohammadis to haggle for a fare more than five times the normal cost. Mirzahussain Sadid, ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2022 Additional savings are realized when medical providers no longer have to haggle with hundreds of different private insurers offering hundreds of different reimbursement rates. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The sides haggle over benchmarks and the potential entrant brings its laws and regulations into sync with existing E.U. rules. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Overwhelmed with other medical expenses, people frequentlybecome too tired to haggle with insurance companies and end up dropping the claim. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Instead the program negotiates deals and discounts with local dealerships to eliminate the haggle harassment of car-buying. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 6 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of haggle


1589, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haggle

Verb and Noun

frequentative of hag to hew

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“Haggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggle. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for haggle


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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