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One who engages in banter or good-natured teasing.
intr.v. chaf·fered, chaf·fer·ing, chaf·fers
To bargain or haggle.
Archaic A bargaining or haggling.
[Middle English chaffaren, to haggle, from chaffare, cheapfare, bargaining : chep, purchase; see cheap + fare, journey, business (from Old English faru, from faran, to travel; see fare).]
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1. (intr) to haggle or bargain
2. to chatter, talk, or say idly; bandy (words)
3. (tr) obsolete to deal in; barter
haggling or bargaining
[C13 chaffare, from chep bargain + fare journey; see cheap, fare]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to bargain; haggle: to chaffer over a price.
2. to bandy words; chatter.v.t.
3. to trade; barter.
[1175–1225; Middle English chaffare, derivative of chapfare trading journey = Old English cēap trade (see cheap) + faru journey; see fare]
a person who chaffs or banters.
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Past participle: chaffered
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|Verb||1.||chaffer - wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.); "Let's not haggle over a few dollars"|
bargain down, beat down - persuade the seller to accept a lower price; "She beat the merchant down $100"
|2.||chaffer - talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"|
chew the fat, chitchat, chit-chat, claver, confab, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, gossip, chatter, visit
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