C12: ultimately from Latin decuriadecury; related to Middle Low German dēker lot of ten hides
dicker for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (dɪkəʳ)
Word forms: dickers, dickering, dickered
If you say that people are dickering about something, you mean that they are arguing or disagreeing about it, often in a way that you think is foolish or unnecessary. [mainly US, disapproval] [V + over/about] ⇒ Management and labor are dickering over pay, benefits and working conditions. [V] ⇒ He may be expecting us to dicker. Don't.