verb (used without object)
- to deal, swap, or trade with petty bargaining; bargain; haggle.
- to barter.
- to try to arrange matters by mutual bargaining: They dickered for hours over some of the finer points of the contract.
- a petty bargain.
- a barter or swap.
- an item or goods bartered or swapped.
- a deal, especially a political deal.
- the number or quantity ten, especially a lot of ten hides or skins.
- to trade (goods) by bargaining; barter
- (intr) to negotiate a political deal
- a petty bargain or barter
- the item or items bargained or bartered
- a political deal or bargain
“haggle, bargain in a petty way,” 1802, American English, perhaps from dicker (n.) “a unit or package of tens,” especially hides (attested from late 13c.), perhaps from Latin decuria “parcel of ten” (supposedly a unit of barter on the Roman frontier; cf. German Decher “set of ten things”), from decem “ten” (see ten) on model of centuria from centum.