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[pawl-ter] /ˈpɔl tər/

verb (used without object)
to talk or act insincerely or deceitfully; lie or use trickery.
to bargain with; haggle.
to act carelessly; trifle.
verb (intransitive)
to act or talk insincerely
to haggle

1530s, “speak indistinctly,” of unknown origin. It has the form of a frequentative, but no verb palt is known. Connection with paltry is uncertain. Hence “play fast and loose” (c.1600). Related: Paltered; paltering; palterer.


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