palter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v palter be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palter To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle. "Romans, that have spoke the word,
      And will not palter ."
      "Who never sold the truth to serve the hour,
      Nor paltered with eternal God for power."
    • Palter To babble; to chatter.
    • Palter To haggle.
    • v. t Palter To trifle with; to waste; to squander in paltry ways or on worthless things. "Palter out your time in the penal statutes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • palter To talk in a trifling manner; babble.
    • palter To talk insincerely; equivocate; trifle; shift; use trickery.
    • palter To trifle away; use or spend in a paltry manner; squander.
    • palter To fashion by trickery; patch up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Palter pawl′tėr to trifle in talk: to use trickery: to dodge: to shuffle: to equivocate
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Paltry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with paltry.

Usage

In literature:

Why must he "palter in a double sense," and blow hot and cold in one breath?
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
What need of paltering with petty fiends, when backed by His omnipotence?
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
But Heathcote was in no humour for paltering.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
The honour of the school was in question, and he had no right to palter with that.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
The paltering of the king called forth the patriotism of the people.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
Oh, despicable, paltering coward!
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
No more subservient paltering at the doors of fish-houses!
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Go speedily, else thou mayst stand and palter with me too long.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
It looked like paltering and peddling, like sale and barter.
"The Drama Of Three Hundred & Sixty-Five Days Scenes In The Great War - 1915" by Hall Caine
Never for an instant did either of these palter with the other.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The man who dares palter with such a measure is a rebel, a traitor to his party and his people.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
But the oracle on this occasion had "paltered" with him in a double sense.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
He often palters, with himself as well as others, in a double sense.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
But we have 'paltering' and 'palterly'.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
He is but a drunkard in his cups, thou a palterer in sobriety.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
This is to palter with the facts.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
There can be no more paltering.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
This paltering along with two or three drinks a day is mere cowardice.
"Cutting It out" by Samuel G. Blythe
Jean, I will tell you true: not for my love even and your bonnie self will I lie or palter with my faith.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
She would face the truth and not palter with it, now that the crisis had really come.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
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In poetry:

Shame! to stand paltering thus,
Tricked by the balancing odds;
Strike! God is waiting for us!
Strike! for the vengeance is God's.
"God's Vengeance" by John Hay
``With this dread summons, since 'tis Heaven's decree,
I would not palter, even if I could;
But, being a woman only, I can be
Not great, but good.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
He slowed; he stopped; he paltered
Awhile with self, and faltered,
"Why courting misadventure shoreward roam?
To Molly, surely! Seek the woods with her till times have altered;
Charity favors home.
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

It would have been more interesting, but I would have been paltering.
Jazz Singer Jesse Palter Live In Studio.
It would have been more interesting, but I would have been paltering .
Torontonian turned Westerner Jay Palter pictured with his kids Ella Palter and Ben Palter in a park near their home in Edmonton Alberta.
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