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chaffer \CHAF-er\, verb:

1. To bargain; haggle.

1. Bargaining; haggling.

1. To bandy words; chatter.

Chaffer is an alteration of the Middle English chapfare, “a trading journey.” The archaic chap maintains a modern presence in the common term related to shopping, cheap.

Teddy loved chaffing at the organic farmers market every Sunday.

“Why would I pay market price for an eggplant just because it’s organic?” he grumbled.
“So true,” said his friend Beth.


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