Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "palter": 
Wordnet 3.0

VERB (1)

1. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information;
[syn: beat around the bush, equivocate, tergiversate, prevaricate, palter]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Palter \Pal"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paltered; p. pr. & vb. n. Paltering.] [See Paltry.] 1. To haggle. [Obs.] --Cotgrave. [1913 Webster] 2. To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle. [1913 Webster] Romans, that have spoke the word, And will not palter. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Who never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with eternal God for power. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 3. To babble; to chatter. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Palter \Pal"ter\, v. t. To trifle with; to waste; to squander in paltry ways or on worthless things. [Obs.] "Palter out your time in the penal statutes." --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "palter": around the bush, back and fill, bargain, beat about, beg the question, bicker, boggle, cavil, chaffer, choplogic, dicker, dodge, duck, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, falsify, fence, fib, hedge, hem and haw, higgle, huckster, hum and haw, lie, mince the truth, mince words, mystify, nitpick, obscure, parry, pick nits, prevaricate, pussyfoot, quibble, shift, shuffle, shy, sidestep, split hairs, tergiversate, waffle, weasel