chaffer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chaffer talk socially without exchanging too much information "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    • v chaffer wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.) "Let's not haggle over a few dollars"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chaffer Bargaining; merchandise.
    • n Chaffer One who chaffs.
    • Chaffer To buy or sell; to trade in. "He chaffered chairs in which churchmen were set."
    • Chaffer To exchange; to bandy, as words.
    • Chaffer To talk much and idly; to chatter.
    • Chaffer To treat or dispute about a purchase; to bargain; to haggle or higgle; to negotiate. "To chaffer for preferments with his gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chaffer Merchandise; wares; goods; traffic.
    • n chaffer Bargaining; haggling in buying and selling.
    • chaffer To buy or sell; trade or deal in.
    • chaffer To exchange; bandy.
    • chaffer To talk much and idly; chatter: as, “the chaffering sparrow,”
    • n chaffer Same as chafer, 4.
    • n chaffer One who employs chaff or light raillery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Chaffer chaf′ėr to buy
    • v.i Chaffer to bargain: to haggle about the price
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chaffare, cheapfare,; AS. ceáp, a bargain, price + faru, a journey; hence, originally, a going to barain, to market. See Cheap, and Fare

Usage

In literature:

The more usual term Chapman is cognate with cheap, chaffer, Chipping, Copenhagen, Ger.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
In this secret chaffering Pitt and Grenville were worsted as inevitably as in the similar case of the Partition of Poland.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
I'll go down to Delancey Street and watch the chaffering and buying.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
For Count Poltavo was not above taking in the milk or chaffering with tradesmen over the quality of a cabbage.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
Chaffering, quarrelling, joking, there seems to be no end to their volubility.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
Well, I'll see: maybe I shall walk over one of these days and chaffer with him.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
And he, 'I do not feel like chaffering and bargaining this morning.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Thrice had Achilles Hector dragged the walls of Troy around, And o'er his body, reft of soul, was chaffering now for gold.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Let them slay me if they be valiant enough, but chaffer not with thy slaves!
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
And thankful she was that Goodman Kellar came the next moment with eggs and butter for Mistress Cory Ann to chaffer or bargain about.
"Maid Sally" by Harriet A. Cheever
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In poetry:

Men chaffered for her,
They bargained in silver and gold,
In copper, in wheat,
And called their bids across the market-place.
"The Captured Goddess" by Amy Lowell
O wanderers from ancestral soil,
Leave noisome mill and chaffering store:
Gird up your loins for sturdier toil,
And build the home once more!
"The Homestead" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And they turn and laugh for the unexpensiveness
Of country grocery and are pleased no less
Than hedge sparrows. Lessons will be easier taken,
For this gypsy chaffering, the hedge plucked and shaken.
"Hedges" by Ivor Gurney