- The definition of a haggle is an act of bargaining, or arguing about price.
An example of haggle is a situation where the cost of a pair of shoes were bargained down from $100 to $50.
- Haggle is defined as to bargain on a price, or to hack at something.
- An example of haggle is to get the sales price reduced on a house.
- An example of haggle is to chop down a bush by chopping at its base with a shovel.
intransitive verb-·gled, -·gling
Origin of hagglefrequentative of hag
verbhag·gled, hag·gling, hag·gles
- To bargain, as over the price of something; dicker: “He preferred to be overcharged than to haggle” ( W. Somerset Maugham )
- To argue in an attempt to come to terms.
- To cut (something) in a crude, unskillful manner; hack.
- Archaic To harass or worry by wrangling.
Origin of haggleFrequentative of dialectal hag to chop, hack from Middle English haggen from Old Norse höggva ; see kau- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present haggles, present participle haggling, simple past and past participle haggled)
haggle (v.) 1570s, "to cut unevenly" (implied in haggler), frequentative of haggen "to chop" (see hack (v.1)). Sense of "argue about price" first recorded c.1600, probably from notion of chopping away. Related: Haggled; haggling. Source: