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

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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 But rather than haggle with Republicans who wanted to scale back the package, Democrats fast-tracked their own measure through the House and Senate without pausing to court Republican support. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Congress Clears $1.9 Trillion Aid Bill, Sending It to Biden," 10 Mar. 2021 And who wants to haggle with someone over the price or find a place to meet? Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 useful tools for a quick and easy digital spring cleaning," 22 Apr. 2021 It’s one thing to haggle over business — but another for Amazon to have the power to unilaterally force libraries to stay in the 20th century. Washington Post, "Want to borrow that e-book from the library? Sorry, Amazon won’t let you.," 10 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers will haggle over how to translate it into a legislative package; the most likely result will be one giant bill to be passed through reconciliation sometime in late summer or early fall. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Biden Is Too Worried About the Deficit, Not Worried Enough About Climate Change," 31 Mar. 2021 Wisconsin continues to haggle over pandemic regulations and restrictions. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio, chicagotribune.com, "Game day in Green Bay: Empty sports bars, full hospitals," 26 Oct. 2020 Though Britain voted to leave the EU more than four years ago, trade talks have come down to the wire as politicians haggle over key issues like fisheries. Jennifer Ryan, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Businesses Plead for Time to Avoid Brexit Cliff Edge," 13 Dec. 2020 Wisconsin continues to haggle over pandemic regulations and restrictions. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio, chicagotribune.com, "Game day in Green Bay: Empty sports bars, full hospitals," 26 Oct. 2020 It’s been deteriorating ever since while developers and lawyers haggle over its future. Jennifer Barger, Travel, "Why it’s important to save historic hotels," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Low pressure Most rental car sales lots offer no-haggle pricing, which makes shopping less stressful. cleveland, "Can you still buy a used rental car at a bargain?," 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, "Car Buying is Changing and All It Took Was a Pandemic: The Enlightenment," 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, "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

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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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11 May 2021

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“Haggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggle. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 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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