- Obsolete trade; business
- Archaic a haggling over price or terms; bargaining
Origin: Middle English chaffare, merchandise, trade ; from Old English ceap, cep, a purchase plush faru, a journey: see cheap and amp; fare
- Now Rare to haggle over price; bargain
- to chat idly
- chafferer noun
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verb chaf·fered, chaf·fer·ing, chaf·fers verb, intransitive
- To bargain or haggle.
- Chiefly British To bandy words; engage in small talk.
Origin: Middle English chaffaren, to haggle, from chaffare, cheapfare, bargaining : chep, purchase; see cheap + fare, journey, business (from Old English faru, from faran, to travel; see fare).
- chafˈfer·er noun