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A.Word.A.Day--chaffer

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This week's theme: verbs.

chaffer (CHAF-uhr) verb tr., intr.

1. To haggle; to bargain.

2. To bandy words; to chatter.

noun

Bargaining or haggling.

[From Middle English chaffare, eventually from Old English ceap (trade, purchase), precursor of English cheap + faru (journey).]

See more usage examples of chaffer in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"I chaffered with the king of those people, who was a wise and far-sighted woman, and brought her to understand that it would be much to her advantage to accept from me half the arms and ammunition I had brought with me." Delia Sherman; The Parwat Ruby; Fantasy & Science Fiction (Cornwall, Connecticut); Jun 1999.

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What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. -Sigmund Freud, neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939)

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