verb pal·ter \ˈpl-tər\
pal·teredpal·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of PALTER

intransitive verb
:  to act insincerely or deceitfully :  equivocate
pal·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Origin of PALTER

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1600

Synonym Discussion of PALTER

lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty <lied about where he had been>. prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue <during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate>. equivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another <equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitors>. palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises <a swindler paltering with his investors>. fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth <fibbed about the price of the new suit>.

Rhymes with PALTER


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