huckster

[ huhk-ster ]
/ ˈhʌk stər /

noun

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.
Informal.
  1. a persuasive and aggressive salesperson.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. huckle,
  2. huckleberry,
  3. huckleberry finn,
  4. huckleberry finn, the adventures of,
  5. hucklebone,
  6. hucksterer,
  7. hud,
  8. huddersfield,
  9. huddle,
  10. huddleston

Origin of huckster

1150–1200; Middle English huccstere (perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch hokester), equivalent to hucc- haggle (cognate with dialectal German hucken to huckster) + -stere -ster

Related formshuck·ster·ism, nounhuck·ster·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for huckster

huckster

/ (ˈhʌkstə) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to peddle
(tr) to sell or advertise aggressively or questionably
to haggle (over)
Derived Formshucksterism, noun

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

huckster

n.

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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