To Híggle. v.n. [of uncertain etymology; probably corrupted from haggle.]
- To chaffer; to be penurious in a bargain.
In good offices and due retributions we may not be pinching and niggardly: it argues an ignoble mind, where we have wronged, to higgle and dodge in the amends. Hale.
Base thou art!
To higgle thus for a few blows,
To gain thy knight an op'lent spouse. Hudibras, p. ii.
Why all this higgling with thy friend about such a paultry sum? Does this become the generosity of the noble and rich John Bull? Arbuthnot's History of John Bull.
- To go selling provisions from door to door. This seems the original meaning.