Chaffer Chaf"fer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chaffered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chaffering}.] [OE. chaffaren, fr. chaffare, chapfare, cheapfare, a bargaining. See {Chaffer}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To treat or dispute about a purchase; to bargain; to haggle or higgle; to negotiate. [1913 Webster]

To chaffer for preferments with his gold. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To talk much and idly; to chatter. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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