chaffer vs haggle what difference

what is difference between chaffer and haggle

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtʃæfə/
  • (US) enPR: chăfʹər, IPA(key): /ˈtʃæfɚ/
  • Rhymes: -æfə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English chapfare (bargain, trade, noun), equivalent to cheap + fare.

Verb

chaffer (third-person singular simple present chaffers, present participle chaffering, simple past and past participle chaffered)

  1. (intransitive) To haggle or barter.
    • To chaffer for preferment with his gold.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      But the people looked much like Caleb’s own. They wore dirty robes, chaffered at fruit stalls, spat, scratched.
  2. (transitive) To buy.
  3. To talk much and idly; to chatter.
Synonyms
  • bargain
  • barter
  • haggle
  • negotiate
Translations

Noun

chaffer

  1. bargaining; merchandise

Translations

Etymology 2

From chaff +‎ -er

Noun

chaffer (plural chaffers)

  1. (agriculture) The upper sieve of a cleaning shoe in a combine harvester, where chaff is removed
Coordinate terms
  • blower
  • cleaning sieve
Translations

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈχafɛr/

Verb

chaffer

  1. Aspirate mutation of caffer.

Mutation


English

Etymology

1570s, “to cut unevenly” (implied in haggler), frequentative of Middle English haggen (to chop), variant of hacken (to hack), equivalent to hack +‎ -le. Sense of “argue about price” first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈhæɡəl/
  • Rhymes: -æɡəl

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.
  2. (transitive) To hack (cut crudely)
    • 1599: William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 4, Scene 6
      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.
    • June 30, 1784, Horace Walpole, letter to the Hon. Henry Seymour Conway
      Royalty and science never haggled about the value of blood.

Synonyms

  • (to argue for a better deal): wrangle

Derived terms

  • haggler

Translations

See also

  • bargain
  • negotiate

References


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