[ huhs-ler ]
/ ˈhʌs lər /


an enterprising person determined to succeed; go-getter.
Slang. a person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money; swindler.
Informal. an expert gambler or game player who seeks out challengers, especially unsuspecting amateur ones, in order to win money from them: He earned his living as a pool hustler.
Slang. a prostitute.
a person who hustles.

Nearby words

  1. hussites,
  2. hussy,
  3. hustings,
  4. hustle,
  5. hustle up,
  6. huston,
  7. huston, john,
  8. huswife,
  9. husák,
  10. hut

Origin of hustler

First recorded in 1815–25; hustle + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for hustler



1825, "thief" (especially one who roughs up his victims), from hustle (v.) + -er (1). Sense of "energetic worker" (especially, but not originally, a salesman) is from 1884; sense of "prostitute" dates from 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper