haggle

verb
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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from haggle

Verb

haggler \ˈha-g(ə-)lər \ 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

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'haggle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

frequentative of hag to hew

Noun

see haggle entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about haggle

Dictionary Entries near haggle

hagged

hagging

haggis

haggle

haggy

hagi-

hagia

Statistics for haggle

Last Updated

14 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for haggle

The first known use of haggle was in 1599

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for haggle

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 \
haggled; haggling

Kids Definition of haggle

: to argue especially over a price

Other Words from haggle

haggler \ˈha-glər \ noun

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on haggle

What made you want to look up haggle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!