- 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)
Origin of huckster
British Dictionary definitions for hucksterism
Word Origin for huckster
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.