verb (used without object), hag·gled, hag·gling.

  1. to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner: They spent hours haggling over the price of fish.
  2. to wrangle, dispute, or cavil: The senators haggled interminably over the proposed bill.

verb (used with object), hag·gled, hag·gling.

  1. to mangle in cutting; hack.
  2. to settle on by haggling.
  3. Archaic. to harass with wrangling or haggling.


  1. the act of haggling; wrangle or dispute over terms.


  1. (intr often foll by over) to bargain or wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc); barter
  2. (tr) rare to hack

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.

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