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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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 Facebook, on the other hand, chose to haggle with the White House, asking for a deletion or a change, said the people. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.," 28 June 2020 No time is a good time for billionaires and millionaires to haggle over money in public, but leave it to baseball to find the absolute worst. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "With baseball on its knees, Rangers ownership has whiffed on another chance to lead a community in crisis," 19 June 2020 State and local leaders have been haggling with FEMA for months over just how much uninsured damage the tornadoes caused. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Key Texans in Congress back Abbott’s appeal of FEMA rejection of disaster relief for Dallas tornadoes," 1 May 2020 Fauci:Fauci takes heat from protesters of stay-at-home orders, says ignoring guidelines will 'backfire' Congressional leaders and the Trump administration have been haggling for weeks over details in the new plan. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "McConnell says Congress has reached deal to replenish halted coronavirus small business loan program," 22 Apr. 2020 Democrats and Republicans have haggled over details of where virus relief should go, but there’s no dispute on the principle that huge amounts of money are needed. Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg.com, "In America’s Virus Economy, Government Is the Last Spender Left," 24 Mar. 2020 Then a few years ago, the company noticed that people were listing old sofas and other stuff for sale on Facebook, using messaging apps to haggle over price and arranging to meet in person to hand off and pay. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "Our Ingenuity Shapes Facebook," 24 Apr. 2020 That means there’s a growing risk for international banks based in London that the breakup never really ends, and that haggling between the two sides becomes a permanent feature. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "For Wall Street banks in London, Brexit may never be truly over," 10 Feb. 2020 Wonks and many activists tend to talk about it as such, haggling over what set of policies is best suited to reach that goal, and by when. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Working From Home Feeds Market’s Woes in Little Ways That Add Up," 12 Apr. 2020 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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9 Jul 2020

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“Haggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggle. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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