haggle

verb
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

haggle

noun

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

Verb

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

The representatives of Williams and the other unsigned college stars aren't haggling with NFL teams over the size of their contracts. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "What’s the holdup on Quinnen Williams’ contract with New York Jets?," 18 July 2019 Naturally, for a man who has spent the best part of the last season haggling for such a contract, that is a tantalising offer. SI.com, "Napoli Readying €10m-a-Year Salary for Wantaway Inter Striker Mauro Icardi," 5 July 2019 In the 2016 primary cycle, both Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb haggled with debate moderators, to no avail. Madeleine Joung, Time, "The 7 Ways to Lose a Presidential Debate," 24 June 2019 The House and the Senate will negotiate to develop a joint-budget bill next week, and haggling over the H2Ohio funding is expected to be part of negotiations. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Ohio House votes to create ‘H2Ohio’ water protection fund," 20 June 2019 Plans were initially held up as city stakeholders haggled for years over public safety measures with the California Public Utilities Commission, which governs the high traffic rail site. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cars still can’t cross Park Boulevard near Petco Park. This $21M check should change that," 18 June 2019 Families and employers were left to haggle with kidnappers, raise funds, and deliver payments; insurers simply paid them back. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "Kidnapping: A Very Efficient Business," 9 May 2019 Meanwhile, BART’s board is mulling a fare structure as the agencies haggle over an operating contract that must be finished before the new line can start service. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "BART ready to test Silicon Valley extension, preparing to open it by year’s end," 6 June 2019 Be warned: For Americans, asking prices are likely to be inflated. Don’t hesitate to haggle. Albion Land, WSJ, "If You’re Thinking About Retiring in Spain," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

Verb

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haggle

Verb and Noun

frequentative of hag to hew

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haggle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of haggle

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

haggle

verb
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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