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 \-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


First Known Use: 1580

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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