Paltering
Palter Pal"ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Paltered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paltering}.] [See {Paltry}.] 1. To haggle. [Obs.] --Cotgrave. [1913 Webster]

2. To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle. [1913 Webster]

Romans, that have spoke the word, And will not palter. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Who never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with eternal God for power. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. To babble; to chatter. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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