Etymology
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palter (v.)

1530s, "speak indistinctly" (a sense now obsolete), a word of unknown origin. It has the form of a frequentative, but no verb palt is known. Connection with paltry is uncertain. Via the notion of "talk in a trifling manner, babble," hence "talk insincerely," comes the sense "play fast and loose" (c. 1600), also transitive, "trifle away, squander" (1620s). Related: Paltered; paltering; palterer.

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Definitions of palter

palter (v.)
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information;
Synonyms: beat around the bush / equivocate / tergiversate / prevaricate
From wordnet.princeton.edu