- 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
- 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 and History for hucksterism
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.