hag·gle | \ˈha-gəl \
haggled; haggling\ˈha-g(ə-)liŋ \

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 \ noun

Examples of haggle in a Sentence


She is good at haggling. had to haggle to get his friend to sell his guitar for 20 bucks

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In addition to haggling over the details of wage and benefit increases, the union and the club are at an impasse over non-economic issues. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Workers at San Francisco’s exclusive Bohemian Club launch 2-day strike," 26 Apr. 2018 All these figures describe the tariffs trade negotiators usually haggle over. The Economist, "How open is America?," 14 June 2018 But this is all disputed by rival publication Marca, who say that Barcelona's main priority this summer is agreeing a new deal for Samuel Umtiti, who has reportedly been haggling over wages. SI.com, "Reports Conflict on 'Agreement' for Clement Lenglet as Barça Make Samuel Umtiti Contract a Priority," 17 May 2018 Anybody who knows how to haggle will tell you to do that. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 Adding to the uncertainty, according to people familiar with the matter, U.S. officials preparing for Mr. Ross’s visit and their Chinese peers haggled over how to get Beijing to purchase more American farm and energy products. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S., China End Latest Trade Talks Without Settlement," 3 June 2018 Representatives for the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands haggled with the seven members of the DSC during Wednesday’s meeting about a request to expand the parking lot at the temple which includes extra lighting and fencing. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands Township DSC News & Notes: May 16," 26 May 2018 For the next three days, highlights of the Western canon will be displayed, appraised, and haggled over at the Antiquarian Booksellers Association Rare Book Fair London. Fortune, "A Look Into the Dwindling World of Rare Books," 24 May 2018 State officials attribute the delays to permitting requirements, complex federal environmental protection laws and haggling over engineering, contracts and funding. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "As salinity grows and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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


frequentative of hag to hew


see haggle entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of haggle

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


hag·gle | \ˈha-gəl \
haggled; haggling

Kids Definition of haggle

: to argue especially over a price

Other Words from haggle

haggler \ˈha-glər \ noun

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to reject or criticize sharply

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