- 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.
- 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
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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.What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
There were huckster waggons with vegetables, and a buttermilk man.A Little Girl of Long Ago
Amanda Millie Douglas
He heard it in the huckster's cries, the noise of carts, the calling of children.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
- 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
- (tr) to peddle
- (tr) to sell or advertise aggressively or questionably
- to haggle (over)
Word Origin 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.