hag·​gle | \ ˈha-gəl How to pronounce haggle (audio) \
haggled; haggling\ ˈha-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce haggle (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



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


haggler \ ˈha-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce haggle (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 Drug companies are happy to haggle individually with hundreds of private insurers. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 The agency is known for being a shrewd customer of prescription drugs, using its large purchasing power to haggle steep discounts from manufacturers. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 That, for me and my family, was really special, because some other teams would have liked to negotiate or try to haggle numbers. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 28 July 2021 The former professor would haggle and try to negotiate a price from students, prosecutors said. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Senators continue to haggle over details on transit and how to pay for the entire package. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2021 But Republicans have warned the vote could fail if rushed, as senators haggle over details on transit and how to pay for the entire package. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021 The Brazilian government, after stalling several vaccine purchases to haggle and fret over costs, made a harried deal this year to buy an unapproved Indian vaccine at a suspiciously expensive price. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 Senators continue to haggle over details on transit and how to pay for the entire package, which totals roughly $1.2 trillion. Editors, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, when the prices come your way during your haggle, your job isn't to reply quickly with the next number. Darren A. Smith, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Low pressure Most rental car sales lots offer no-haggle pricing, which makes shopping less stressful. cleveland, 17 Apr. 2021 Few dealers have figured out how to make negotiating painless, except for those that do no-haggle pricing. Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, 19 Sep. 2020 On a typical trading desk, bond traders can gather price information, haggle with brokers and clients or check in with analysts and sales representatives with a few shouts or by pressing a button. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2020 Convenient sale process: Avis, Enterprise and Hertz offer no-haggle pricing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2019 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, 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, 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, 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of haggle


1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haggle

Verb and Noun

frequentative of hag to hew

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26 Oct 2021

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“Haggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haggle. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of haggle

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


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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