[ jos-uh l ]
/ ˈdʒɒs əl /

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

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


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 forms

jos·tle·ment, nounjos·tler, nounun·jos·tled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jostle


/ (ˈdʒɒsəl) /


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

Derived Forms

jostlement, nounjostler, noun

Word Origin for jostle

C14: see joust
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