palter

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verb pal·ter \ˈpȯl-tər\

Definition of palter

paltered

;

paltering

play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act insincerely or deceitfully :  equivocate

  3. 2 :  haggle, chaffer

palterer

play \ˈpȯl-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of palter in a Sentence

  1. unwilling to palter over the price of the car

Origin and Etymology of palter

origin unknown

Synonym Discussion of palter

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


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