Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a rapid active commotion
  2. (noun, act) a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  3. (verb, communication) pressure or urge someone into an action
  4. (verb, motion) move or cause to move energetically or busily
  5. (verb, motion) cause to move furtively and hurriedly
  6. (verb, possession) get by trying hard
  7. (verb, possession) sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

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Alternate forms of Hustle

Derivations: hustle, hustler

Hyponyms: sting operation

Hypernyms: cheat, commotion, din, displace, have, move, persuade, receive, rig, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, steal, swindle, tumult

Origin of the word Hustle

  1. 1684, "to shake to and fro" (especially of money in a cap, as part of a game called hustle-cap), metathesized from Du. hutselen, husseln "to shake, to toss," freq. of hutsen, var. of hotsen "to shake." "The stems hot-, hut- appear in a number of formations in both High and Low German dialects, all implying a shaking movement" [O.E.D.]. Meaning… more

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Words that sound like Hustle

hastily, haughtily, high style, high-tail, hightail, hostel, hostile, hostilely

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