verb (used without object), hus·tled, hus·tling.
verb (used with object), hus·tled, hus·tling.
- (of a prostitute) to solicit (someone).
- to attempt to persuade (someone) to have sexual relations.
- to promote or publicize in a lively, vigorous, or aggressive manner: an author hustling her new book on the TV talk shows.
- an inducing by fraud, pressure, or deception, especially of inexperienced or uninformed persons, to buy something, to participate in an illicit scheme, dishonest gambling game, etc.
- such a product, scheme, gambling game, etc.
Origin of hustle
Examples from the Web for hustle
Contemporary Examples of hustle
Her hustle has started to pay off and she started a 14-date national tour in early November.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
Halfway to the park, the hustle of Goma and outlying villages faded behind him.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
Summer vacations should offer a hiatus from the hustle but at the Hamptons everyone is selling or pushing someone or something.The Hell of the Hamptons: Why the Exclusive Hotspot Is a Mind-Numbing Drag
August 18, 2014
Back then she was “forced,” but soon she started to hustle on corners “willingly,” and was paid for sex.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
May 19, 2014
Titanic Thompson could beat you at cards, hustle you at golf, and bet you on anything, so long as the odds were in his favor.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
Historical Examples of hustle
You hustle this big bully into the ship, and keep him covered.Pirates of the Gorm
But the officers refused to let him go back, and began to hustle him forward.The Fat and the Thin
Anna, you hustle up some engraved notices to get around to all our friends.Rope
"We must hustle, if we want to get to Uncle Ike's before dark," Tom declared.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
By the time I found it the train was ready to start and I had to hustle.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
Word Origin for hustle
1680s, "to shake to and fro" (especially of money in a cap, as part of a game called hustle-cap), metathesized from Dutch hutselen, husseln "to shake, to toss," frequentative of hutsen, variant of hotsen "to shake." "The stems hot-, hut- appear in a number of formations in both High and Low German dialects, all implying a shaking movement" [OED]. Related: Hustled; hustling. Meaning "push roughly, shove" first recorded 1751. That of "hurry, move quickly" is from 1812.
The key-note and countersign of life in these cities [of the U.S. West] is the word "hustle." We have caught it in the East. but we use it humorously, just as we once used the Southern word "skedaddle," but out West the word hustle is not only a serious term, it is the most serious in the language. [Julian Ralph, "Our Great West," N.Y., 1893]
Sense of "to get in a quick, illegal manner" is 1840 in American English; that of "to sell goods aggressively" is 1887.
"pushing activity; activity in the interest of success," 1891, American English, from hustle (v.); earlier it meant "a shaking together" (1715). Sense of "illegal business activity" is by 1963, American English. As a name of a popular dance, by 1975.