a retailer of small articles, especially a peddler of fruits and vegetables; hawker.
a person who employs showy methods to effect a sale, win votes, etc.: the crass methods of political hucksters.
a cheaply mercenary person.
- a persuasive and aggressive salesperson.
- a person who works in the advertising industry, especially one who prepares aggressive advertising for radio and television.
verb (used with or without object)
to deal, as in small articles, or to make petty bargains: to huckster fresh corn; to huckster for a living.
to sell or promote in an aggressive and flashy manner.
Origin of huckster
1150–1200; Middle English huccstereRelated formshuck·ster·ism, nounhuck·ster·ish, adjective
(perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch hokester
), equivalent to hucc- haggle
(cognate with dialectal German hucken
to huckster) + -stere -ster
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Examples from the Web for huckster
Contemporary Examples of huckster
Historical Examples of huckster
To think of you selling in the market, just like a huckster!
I was reduced to tell the Kelt to ask the huckster of whom he bought.
We all of us visit the huckster for the sake of the porridge.
There were huckster waggons with vegetables, and a buttermilk man.
He heard it in the huckster's cries, the noise of carts, the calling of children.
British Dictionary definitions for huckster
a person who uses aggressive or questionable methods of selling
rare a person who sells small articles or fruit in the street
US a person who writes for radio or television advertisements
Derived Formshucksterism, noun
(tr) to peddle
(tr) to sell or advertise aggressively or questionably
to haggle (over)
Word Origin for huckster
C12: perhaps from Middle Dutch hoekster, from hoeken to carry on the back
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Word Origin and History for huckster
c.1200, "petty merchant, peddler" (often contemptuous), from Middle Dutch hokester "peddler," from hoken "to peddle" (see hawk (v.1)) + agent suffix -ster (which was typically feminine in English, but not in Low German). Specific sense of "advertising salesman" is from 1946 novel by Frederick Wakeman. As a verb, from 1590s. Related: Huckstered; huckstering.
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