chaffer

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English chapfare (bargain, trade, noun), equivalent to cheap + fare.

VerbEdit

chaffer (third-person singular simple present chaffers, present participle chaffering, simple past and past participle chaffered)

  1. (intransitive) To haggle or barter.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      To chaffer for preferments with his gold.
    • 1866, “Mr. Dod's Six Shots”, in Harper's Magazine[1], volume 32, page 208:
      While he is at the front end selling calico to some wearisome old lady, sunbonneted and chaffering, a mischievous boy is very apt to be pocketing lumps of sugar for profit, or starting the faucet of a molasses barrel for fun at the other.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      But the people looked much like Caleb’s own. They wore dirty robes, chaffered at fruit stalls, spat, scratched.
  2. (transitive) To buy.
  3. To talk much and idly; to chatter.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Trench to this entry?)
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NounEdit

chaffer

  1. bargaining; merchandise

TranslationsEdit

  1. (Can we find and add a quotation of Holinshed to this entry?)

Etymology 2Edit

From chaff +‎ -er

NounEdit

chaffer (plural chaffers)

  1. (agriculture) The upper sieve of a cleaning shoe in a combine harvester, where chaff is removed
    • 2003, William W. Casady, “Grain Harvesting Systems”, in Dennis R. Heldman, editor, Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering[2], page 449:
      A fan blows air through the chaffer to remove lightweight material known as chaff.
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WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

chaffer

  1. Aspirate mutation of caffer.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
caffer gaffer nghaffer chaffer
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.