To talk or act insincerely or misleadingly; equivocate.
To be capricious; trifle.
To quibble, especially in bargaining.
To talk or act insincerely; prevaricate.
To deal with facts, decisions, etc. lightly or carelessly; trifle.
To quibble, as in bargaining.
Origin of palter
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably from *palter (“rag, trifle, worthless thing"), from Middle Low German palter (“rag, cloth"). More at paltry.