[ 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.

Origin of hassle

First recorded in 1935–40; origin uncertain


un·has·sled, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for hassled

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  • Freedom to all – is also freedom from being conned or hassled.

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British Dictionary definitions for hassled

/ (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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