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[huhs-ler] /ˈhʌs lər/
an enterprising person determined to succeed; go-getter.
Slang. a person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money; swindler.
Informal. an expert gambler or game player who seeks out challengers, especially unsuspecting amateur ones, in order to win money from them:
He earned his living as a pool hustler.
Slang. a prostitute.
a person who hustles.
Origin of hustler
First recorded in 1815-25; hustle + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for hustler

1825, "thief" (especially one who roughs up his victims), from hustle (v.) + -er (1). Sense of "energetic worker" (especially, but not originally, a salesman) is from 1884; sense of "prostitute" dates from 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. A thief or a dealer in stolen goods: and sells to hustlers like Tommy at about one-third its retail value (1825+)
  2. A confidence trickster or swindler, esp one who pretends ignorance of a game where he or she is in fact an expert and sure to win; con man, shark (1914+)
  3. A prostitute; hooker: I ain't nothing but a hustler (1924+)
  4. An energetic, aggressive performer or worker: An active and successful businessman achieves the honorable distinction of a ''hustler'' or a ''rustler'' (1882+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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