Definition of haggle in English:



  • Dispute or bargain persistently, especially over the cost of something.

    ‘the two sides are haggling over television rights’
    • ‘The docks on the inner city were a mixture of busy dock workers loading and unloading cargo, while wealthy merchants haggled back and forth about the costs and duties on their wares.’
    • ‘How would you feel about haggling over the price of your next holiday?’
    • ‘Who cares that you will probably be ripped off if you're in a country used to haggling for items, as the experience will be remembered?’
    • ‘Imagine how much we'll save on court costs and haggling over that silly bill of rights.’
    • ‘In fact, as the afternoon wears on I find that web-searching rather than haggling often gets me the best prices.’
    • ‘You can also try haggling over the price for a private taxi.’
    • ‘Everyday villagers were haggling for the costs of fruits and vegetables in the market.’
    • ‘It might seem, therefore, that the two parties could now start haggling about the final boundaries.’
    • ‘Fish of all shapes and sizes are for sale, with traders gathering round to see what had come in, haggling loudly over price.’
    • ‘It was almost impossible to hear anything, there were all kinds of strange creatures haggling and bartering.’
    • ‘Negotiators haggled over every word in the official statement, while lower echelons of the delegations supplied the media with derogatory comments about rival politicians.’
    • ‘The film is shut down and the insurance company starts haggling over who will pick up the bill.’
    • ‘Most travel companies are accustomed to haggling over prices with each other.’
    • ‘You can always find a bunch of tourists haggling with restaurant staff over the ingredients of certain dishes.’
    • ‘Negotiations, haggling and manoeuvres are taking place both in the open and behind the scenes.’
    • ‘I have a bus to catch in five minutes, and I can't waste my time haggling with you.’
    • ‘Do you really feel like you've escaped shabby housing, nosy neighbors and haggling with the fishmonger?’
    • ‘I have an aversion to mean people and I'd rather pay the entire dinner bill than listen to people haggling about who had a second sambuca.’
    • ‘We shouldn't overlook the fact that you will be haggling if you're trading in a car.’
    • ‘Besides, at the end of the day, isn't all negotiation haggling?’
    barter, bargain, negotiate, discuss terms, quibble, wrangle
    beat someone down, drive a hard bargain
    deal, wheel and deal, trade, traffic
    chaffer, palter
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  • A period of haggling.

    ‘an inevitable and lengthy haggle over compensation’
    • ‘A short haggle with Granny over and done with - Granny won, but then she always does - I left with a silly smile on my face.’
    • ‘There are many theories surrounding the art of bargaining in the bazaar, but there are only two really serious breaches of etiquette: not bargaining over the price, and walking away empty-handed after a lengthy haggle.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘hack, mangle’): from Old Norse hǫggva hew.