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Webster 1913 Edition


Haggle

Hag′gle

(hăg′g’l)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Haggled
(-g’ld)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Haggling
(-glĭng)
.]
[Freq. of Scot.
hag
, E.
hack
. See
Hack
to cut.]
To cut roughly or hack; to cut into small pieces; to notch or cut in an unskillful manner; to make rough or mangle by cutting;
as, a boy
haggles
a stick of wood
.
Suffolk first died, and York, all
haggled
o’er,
Comes to him, where in gore he lay insteeped.
Shakespeare

Hag′gle

,
Verb.
I.
To be difficult in bargaining; to stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle.
Royalty and science never
haggled
about the value of blood.
Walpole.

Hag′gle

,
Noun.
The act or process of haggling.
Carlyle.

Webster 1828 Edition


Haggle

HAG'GLE

,
Verb.
T.
To cut into small pieces; to notch or cut in an unskillful manner; to make rough by cutting; to mangle; as, a boy haggles a stick of wood.
Suffolk first died, and York all haggled o'er,
Comes to him where in gore he lay insteep'd.

HAG'GLE

,
Verb.
I.
To be difficult in bargaining; to hesitate and cavil. [See Higgle.]

Definition 2019


haggle

haggle

English

Verb

haggle (third-person singular simple present haggles, present participle haggling, simple past and past participle haggled)

  1. (intransitive) To argue for a better deal, especially over prices with a seller.
    I haggled for a better price because the original price was too high.
  2. (transitive) To hack (cut crudely)
    • Shakespeare
      Suffolk first died, and York, all haggled o'er, / Comes to him, where in gore he lay insteeped.
    • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VIII
      I catched a catfish and haggled him open with my saw, and towards sundown I started my camp fire and had supper. Then I set out a line to catch some fish for breakfast.
  3. To stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle.
    • Walpole
      Royalty and science never haggled about the value of blood.

Synonyms

  • (to argue for a better deal): wrangle

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