- to talk or act insincerely; prevaricate
- to deal with facts, decisions, etc. lightly or carelessly; trifle
- to quibble, as in bargaining
Origin: freq. formation from dialect, dialectal palt, rag, piece of cloth (from a Low German source): origin, originally uncertain or unknown; perhaps with reference to haggling over cloth prices
- palterer noun
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intransitive verb pal·tered, pal·ter·ing, pal·ters
- To talk or act insincerely or misleadingly; equivocate. See Synonyms at lie2.
- To be capricious; trifle.
- To quibble, especially in bargaining.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- palˈter·er noun