Meaning of dicker in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪkə/

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[no object]mainly North American
  • 1Engage in petty argument or bargaining.

    ‘Sam advised him not to dicker over the extra fee’
    • ‘‘Let's not dicker over minor issues,’ says Prof. Zhang Yansheng of Beijing's Central University of Finance and Economics.’
    • ‘But the plan has stalled as Morocco and Polisario dicker over who is eligible to vote in the referendum.’
    • ‘In Simms's world, there is no reason anymore for shoppers to visit a classic used-car lot, where they might see a selection of 150 or so cars that forces them to figure out what comes closest to their desires - and then to dicker over price.’
    • ‘I don't want to dicker so I'm fine with the offer, which is about $20K less than the asking price.’
    • ‘He sits in Beane's office as the GM dickers over trades with opposing team officials.’
    • ‘But for the last six months there has been no county counsel, as the board dickers over whom to hire for the job.’
    • ‘I don't know, but I do have a prediction: the parties will continue dickering until the last possible moment.’
    • ‘His arrogance and ineptitude were on fine display Tuesday, when he dickered over the word torture.’
    • ‘By dickering over what constitutes a strong enough tradition of openness, the courts were able to turn what should have been an objective, or at least fact-based, inquiry into a subjective, opinion-based one.’
    • ‘They would spend their time dickering over how to get more of their expenses cleared.’
    • ‘If the price is $30, and Coburn wants to pay $25, she will offer $20, allowing room for dickering.’
    • ‘It reminded me of Florence in August, the big central maidan, or square, crammed with rug and souvenir shops whose owners were busily dickering with foreign tourists.’
    • ‘We're willing to do that once, because, except for a few economists, no one really wants to keep dickering over each new sliver of value.’
    • ‘Reaching out to touch her collar, he smiled; ‘And what do you think this trader you're going to dicker with is going to think when you walk in wearing this?’’
    • ‘They dicker and dicker and do everything they can to avoid paying for it.’
    • ‘The new audience would be all of those who have ever figured they were getting screwed when they tried to argue for a raise, dicker with cantankerous suppliers, sell a used car, or buy a new house.’
    • ‘She studies up on car prices and features before she starts dickering to buy an automobile.’
    • ‘What ‘buyers are liars’ means for you as a seller is that the family that spends a lot of time dickering may never end up making a written offer.’
    • ‘I'll only mention briefly the fact that other Remote Viewers who have applied for the prize, all backed out, some after several years of dickering over details of the protocol.’
    • ‘What are the criteria that enables you to see over the horizon whether this customer's still worth dickering with?’
    haggle, barter, negotiate, discuss terms, hold talks, deal, wheel and deal, trade, traffic
  • 2Toy or fiddle with.

    ‘the company was still dickering with its pricing schedule’
    • ‘Nobody dickered with it, she had to find the best cameraman she could, to get a print as clean and as fresh as that.’
    • ‘So you can, you know, dicker around with it, which the Republicans love to do, but the reality is things are better.’
    • ‘My most successful project has been dickering with the random search device at my place of work.’
    • ‘For my money, the whole point of making/charging the sigil is to dicker around with one's subconscious mind, and thus dicker around with causality.’


Early 19th century (originally US): perhaps from obsolete dicker ‘set of ten (hides’), used as a unit of trade, based on Latin decem ‘ten’.