- to bump, push, shove, brush against, or elbow roughly or rudely.
- to drive or force by, or as if by, pushing or shoving: The crowd jostled him into the subway.
- to exist in close contact or proximity with: The three families jostle each other in the small house.
- to contend with: rival gangs continually jostling each other.
- to unsettle; disturb: The thought jostled her complacency.
- Slang. to pick the pocket of.
- to bump or brush against someone or something, as in passing or in a crowd; push or shove (often followed by with, for, or against): He jostled for position.
- to exist in close contact or proximity with someone or something.
- to compete; contend.
- Slang. to pick pockets.
- a shock, push, bump, or brush against someone or something.
Origin of jostle
Examples from the Web for jostle
Outside of the U.S. embassy, thousands of Americans and Haitians jostle daily for a ticket off the island.Desperate to Escape Haiti
February 5, 2010
And working men may keep the wall, and jostle prince and peer.
Well; we, in trifling with this jingling toy, have had the ill-luck to jostle and fall out.Barnaby Rudge
I have little fancy for the whirl of society, and none for the jostle of politics.The Prisoner of Zenda
Your roads in life are so numerous and so varied, that you need not jostle.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
Let us not jostle and crowd each other too harshly, while we are en route.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
- to bump or push (someone) roughly
- to come or bring into contact
- to force (one's way) by pushing
- the act of jostling
- a rough bump or push
Word Origin and History for jostle
1540s, justle, "to knock against," formed from jousten (see joust) + frequentative suffix -tle. The usual spelling 17c.-18c. was justle. An earlier meaning of the word was "to have sex with" (c.1400). Meaning "to contend for the best position or place" is from 1610s. Related: Jostled; jostling. As a noun from c.1600.