jostle

[ jos-uh l ]
/ ˈdʒɒs əl /

verb (used with object), jos·tled, jos·tling.

verb (used without object), jos·tled, jos·tling.

noun

a shock, push, bump, or brush against someone or something.
Also justle.

Origin of jostle

1350–1400; variant (in Middle English, variant spelling) of justle, equivalent to just(en) to joust + -le
Related formsjos·tle·ment, nounjos·tler, nounun·jos·tled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jostle

jostle

/ (ˈdʒɒsəl) /

verb

to bump or push (someone) roughly
to come or bring into contact
to force (one's way) by pushing

noun

the act of jostling
a rough bump or push
Derived Formsjostlement, nounjostler, noun

Word Origin for jostle

C14: see joust
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Word Origin and History for jostle

jostle


v.

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.

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