dicker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dicker negotiate the terms of an exchange "We bargained for a beautiful rug in the bazaar"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dicker A chaffering, barter, or exchange, of small wares; as, to make a dicker . "For peddling dicker , not for honest sales."
    • Dicker The number or quantity of ten, particularly ten hides or skins; a dakir; as, a dicker of gloves. "A dicker of cowhides."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dicker The number or quantity ten; particularly, ten hides or skins, forming the twentieth part of a last of hides.
    • dicker To trade by petty bargaining and barter; haggle.
    • dicker To barter; trade off; swap.
    • n dicker Trading on a small scale by bargain and barter; a transaction so conducted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dicker dik′ėr (Amer.) petty trade by barter, &c
    • v.i Dicker to haggle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Also daker, dakir,; akin to Icel. dekr, Dan. deger, G. decher,; all prob. from LL. dacra, dacrum, the number ten, akin to L. decuria, a division consisting of ten, fr. decem, ten. See Ten

Usage

In literature:

She says you want to dicker with us.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
I've no time to dicker over coppers.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
To trade, barter, and dicker was the custom.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
Many business men would rather lose the patent than waste their time constantly dickering about an unreasonable price.
"Practical Pointers for Patentees" by Franklin Cresee
I'll see if I can't make a dicker there somehow.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The two monarchs dickered over the terms of release.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Whereupon they dicker over the portage.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Better dicker with us.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
Blakeley told me a month ago that he was dickering with an eastern man.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I wish I could go myself an' dicker with Elias.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
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In poetry:

Well!--A year ago er better, a letter comes to hand
Astin' how I'd like to dicker fer some Illinois land--
"The feller that had owned it," it went ahead to state,
"Had jest deceased, insolvent, leavin' chance to speculate,"--
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Fred Dicker's previous bouts : the scorecard (updated with video).
CBS6 Political Analyst and New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker has learned that Cuomo decided not to call the special session, reporting Cuomo's focus is on the damage caused downstate by Superstorm Sandy.
Once again, Upstate mayors react to Dicker .
Wendy Long Has Dicker 's Seal Of Approval.
Undisputed King Of Albany Press Is Fred U Dicker .
Upstate mayors react to Dicker column.
The mayors of Albany, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers issued a statement knocking the idea of a 'super control board,' floated this morning in the New York Post by Fred Dicker .
Yep Roc founders, from left, Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen.
DHS' Elisa McIsaac (68) and Claire Dicker (50) run together in the frosh/soph girls race at Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section championships.
McIsaac and Dicker were the second and third individual finishers to lead the Blue Devils to a team victory.
These days a doctor is more likely to spend his free moments trying to balance his checkbook or dickering with an HMO over a $35 office visit.
Dicker & Deal Nazi display raises red flag for shopper.
Over the years, Aaron Fields has scored a cheap set of golf clubs, a stereo and other second-hand gear at Dicker and Deal on South Cedar.
That's the word from Albany, via Post state columnist Fredric U Dicker — who reported yesterday that Superstorm Sandy appears to have derailed.
DHS' Elisa McIsaac (68) and Claire Dicker (50) run together in the frosh/ soph girls race at Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section championships.
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