- Obs. trade; business
- Archaic a haggling over price or terms; bargaining
Origin of chafferMiddle English chaffare, merchandise, trade from Old English ceap, cep, a purchase + faru, a journey: see cheap and fare
- Now Rare to haggle over price; bargain
- to chat idly
intransitive verbchaf·fered, chaf·fer·ing, chaf·fers
Origin of chafferMiddle 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 . )
(third-person singular simple present chaffers, present participle chaffering, simple past and past participle chaffered)
- Bargaining; merchandise.
From cheap fare.
From chaff + -er