pal·​ter | \ ˈpȯl-tər How to pronounce palter (audio) \
paltered; paltering\ ˈpȯl-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce palter (audio) \

Definition of palter

intransitive verb

1 : to act insincerely or deceitfully : equivocate

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Other Words from palter

palterer \ ˈpȯl-​tər-​ər How to pronounce palter (audio) \ noun

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lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty. lied about where he had been prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue. during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate equivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another. equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitors palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises. a swindler paltering with his investors fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth. fibbed about the price of the new suit

Examples of palter in a Sentence

unwilling to palter over the price of the car

First Known Use of palter

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palter

origin unknown

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“Palter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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