What does the word palter mean?

Usage examples for palter

  1. Better, therefore, in the opinion of the honest and intrepid statesmen of England, to throw down the gauntlet at once in the cause of the oppressed than to shuffle and palter until the dreaded rival should cross the frontier. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  2. He did not palter with the voluptuousness of his fellow- artists, yet his canvases are feverishly disquieting; the sting of the flesh is remote; love is transfigured, not spiritually and not served to us as a barren parable, but made more intense by the breaking down of the thin partition between the sexes; a consuming emotion not quite of this world nor of the next. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  3. " Tell me the truth and don't palter with me," he thundered in his harsh, raucous tones. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux