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Definition of the noun haggle

What does haggle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: haggles

  1. an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)

Definition of the verb haggle

What does haggle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: haggled | haggling | haggles

  1. wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
    • examples: Let's not haggle over a few dollars | Sam and Sue haggle | Sam wants to haggle with Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]They agreed
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]We agreed what he should do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, possessive with -ing]They agreed about his coming
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, wh-complement clause]They agreed about whether he should go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, what-extraction]They agreed about what should be done
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, what-infinitive clause]They agreed about what to do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, whether-infinitive clause]They agreed about whether to go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, not sentential clause]They agreed about it
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, wh-complement clause]They agreed with him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, what-extraction]They agreed with him about what he should do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, what-infinitive clause]They agreed with him about what to do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, whether-infinitive clause]They agreed with him about whether to go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, not sentential clause]They agreed with him about it

      Verbs of Social Interaction (with the same syntax): banter, bargain, coexist, cohabit, collaborate, collide, commiserate, communicate, compromise, concur, confabulate, confer, consort, cooperate, correspond, deliberate, disagree, dissent, elope, flirt, hobnob, interact, intermix, mate, mingle, mix, neck, negotiate, parley, plot, rendezvous, reunite, spoon.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of haggle: chaffer / higgle / huckster
    • more generic words: bargain / dicker = negotiate the terms of an exchange
    • more specific terms: bargain down / beat down = persuade the seller to accept a lower price

Alternative definition of the verb haggle


  1. [intransitive] To argue for a better deal, especially over prices with a seller.
  2. [transitive] To hack (cut crudely)


  1. Haggle is a party game designed by Sid Sackson and intended for a large number of players. It is rather complex and involved compared to many party games and, as a result, is often played only at gatherings of people who are known to enjoy gaming at other times.
  2. Haggle is a European Union funded project in Situated and Autonomic Communications.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Haggle

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Google previewNew Network Architectures (2010)

The Path to the Future Internet by Tania Tronco

Haggle is a FP6 four-year project, started in 2006, to develop new network architecture design to enable communication between autonomic mobile devices with intermittent network connectivity, exploiting the paradigm of opportunistic ...

Google previewCoordination Models and Languages (2011)

13th International Conference, COORDINATION 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 6-9, 2011, Proceedings by Wolfgang De-Meuter, Gruia-Catalin Roman

Haggle is a central component in the mobile device that selects and switches network links as needed. In contrast to using NARs, programmers have no control over communication within a single application and cannot adapt its behavior to ...

Google previewKidnapped (1909)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Haggled and argle-bargled like an apple-wife. Haggle is the diminutive of the Scottish hag or hack, to cut into small pieces ; hence to stick at trifles in selling . Argle-bargle is a frequentative of argie-bargie, and means to cavil or dispute.

Google previewBeeton's Book of Poultry and Domestic Animals (1870)

Showing how to Rear and Manage Them, in Sickness and in Health by Samuel Orchart Beeton

A haggle is a bird whose colours arc between those of a mottle and a grizzle. A splashed is something similar — between a mottled and a pied. A pied is a pigeon whose colour is divided into patches, which give rise to distinctive names.

Google previewTHE WOMEN ENCYCLOPEDIA (2014)

[WOCLOPEDIA] by J K Monday

haggle,. our. asking. price. is. $0.00. You. can't. talk. it. down. or. get. a. better. deal. anywhere...! Equality. is. central. to. people's. daily. undertakings and to all aspects of life.

Google previewThe Godzone Dictionary (2006)

Of Favourite New Zealand Words and Phrases by Max Cryer

haggle. Usually signifies persistent bargaining. A particular New Zealand use has arisen, referring to a bet made between players on a golf course, sometimes devised to allow varying payouts for every player. The percentage varies according ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

HAGGLE. 191 habitat, the natural abode of a plant. (L.) L. habitat, it dwells (there) ; pres. 5. of habitart, to dwell (above). habitation, abode. (F. — L.) F. habitation. — L. acc habitationcm. — L. habi- talus, pp. of habitart, to dwell, frequent, ...

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Usage statistics about haggle

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Small photo of June 16, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA, USA: African-American women haggle over the price of handcrafted goods at an outdoor African-American Art Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Small photo of scolded ,Haggle fresh eggs modelSmall photo of BARCELONA, SPAIN - May 20 2017: Buyers haggle and buy on the market in front of the Church of Santa Maria del MarSmall photo of FRANKFURT, GERMANY -AUGUST 23, 2015 : Closeup of Batman toy and Lego cars exposed in a haggle in Frankfurt.Small photo of FRANKFURT, GERMANY - AUGUST 23, 2015 : Pose of a confused old man looking at the camera and other people searching different objects in a haggle in Frankfurt.Small photo of FRANKFURT, GERMANY - AUGUST 23, 2015 : Closeup of a yellow ceramic elephant decoration and other objects for sale in a haggle in Frankfurt.Small photo of FRANKFURT, GERMANY - AUGUST 23, 2015 : Closeup of many ceramics decorations exposed for sale on a table in a haggle in Frankfurt, Germany . More...

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Scrabble value of H4A1G2G2L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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