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.
An example of haggle is a situation where the cost of a pair of shoes were bargained down from $100 to $50.
Origin of haggle
- Frequentative of dialectal hag to chop, hack from Middle English haggen from Old Norse höggva kau- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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: