[ huhs-uhl ]
See synonyms for: hustlehustling on

verb (used without object),hus·tled, hus·tling.
  1. to proceed or work rapidly or energetically: The sisters hustled about, putting the house in order.

  2. to push or force one's way; jostle or shove.

  1. to be aggressive, especially in business or other financial dealings.

  2. Slang. to earn one's living by illicit or unethical means.

  3. Slang. (of a prostitute) to solicit clients.

verb (used with object),hus·tled, hus·tling.
  1. to convey or cause to move, especially to leave, roughly or hurriedly: His bodyguards hustled him out of the court past policemen and paramilitary soldiers.

  2. to urge, prod, or speed up: Hustle your work along.

  1. to pressure or coerce (a person) to buy or do something: Our waiter hustled us into ordering more than we could eat.

  2. to obtain by aggressive and often illicit means: He could always hustle a buck or two from some sucker.

  3. to beg; solicit.

  4. to sell in or work (an area), especially by high-pressure tactics: The souvenir vendors began hustling the town at dawn.

  5. to sell, promote, or publicize in a lively, vigorous, or aggressive manner: to hustle souvenirs.

  6. to jostle, push, or shove roughly.

  7. Slang. to induce (someone) to gamble or to promote (a gambling game) when the odds of winning are overwhelmingly in one's own favor.

  8. Slang. to cheat; swindle: They hustled him out of his savings.

  9. Slang.

    • (of a prostitute) to solicit (someone).

    • to attempt to persuade (someone) to have sexual relations.

  1. energetic activity, as in work.

  2. discourteous shoving, pushing, or jostling.

  1. Slang.

    • an inducing by fraud, pressure, or deception, especially of inexperienced or uninformed persons, to buy something, participate in an illicit scheme or dishonest gambling game, etc.

    • such a product, scheme, gambling game, etc.

  2. Slang. a competitive struggle: Why not take a break from the hustle to find a place where the tranquility of nature frees your mind to do its most innovative thinking.

  3. Slang. any means of earning a living; a paid job or occupation: The university denied him tenure, so I guess he has to find a new hustle.

  4. a fast, lively, popular ballroom dance evolving from Latin American, swing, rock, and disco dance styles, with a strong basic rhythm and simple step pattern augmented by strenuous turns, breaks, etc.

Origin of hustle

First recorded in 1675–85; from Dutch husselen, hutselen “to shake, toss,” equivalent to hutsen “to shake” + -el- frequentative suffix; cf. -le

Other words from hustle

  • out·hus·tle, verb (used with object), out·hus·tled, out·hus·tling.
  • un·hus·tled, adjective
  • un·hus·tling, adjective

Words Nearby hustle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use hustle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hustle


/ (ˈhʌsəl) /

  1. to shove or crowd (someone) roughly

  2. to move or cause to move hurriedly or furtively: he hustled her out of sight

  1. (tr) to deal with or cause to proceed hurriedly: to hustle legislation through

  2. slang to earn or obtain (something) forcefully

  3. US and Canadian slang (of procurers and prostitutes) to solicit

  1. an instance of hustling

  2. undue activity

  1. a disco dance of the 1970s

Origin of hustle

C17: from Dutch husselen to shake, from Middle Dutch hutsen

Derived forms of hustle

  • hustler, noun

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