[ has-uhl ]
/ ˈhæs əl /


a disorderly dispute.
a problem brought about by pressures of time, money, inconvenience, etc.: Finding a decent place to have lunch in this neighborhood is always a hassle.

verb (used without object), has·sled, has·sling.

to dispute or quarrel: children hassling over who has the most toys.
to take time or effort: We don't want to hassle with all that waiting in line.

verb (used with object), has·sled, has·sling.

to bother, annoy, or harass: I'll do the work, so don't hassle me.

Nearby words

  1. hassenpfeffer,
  2. hassid,
  3. hassidic,
  4. hassidim,
  5. hassium,
  6. hassock,
  7. hast,
  8. hasta la vista,
  9. hasta luego,
  10. hasta mañana

Origin of hassle

First recorded in 1935–40; origin uncertain

Related formsun·has·sled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hassle


/ (ˈhæsəl) informal /


a prolonged argument; wrangle
a great deal of trouble; difficulty; nuisance


(intr) to quarrel or wrangle
(tr) to cause annoyance or trouble to (someone); harass

Word Origin for hassle

C20: of unknown origin

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