- 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
Related Words for jostlingscramble, shove, hustle, shoulder, bulldoze, nudge, crowd, press, butt, thrust, jolt, push, jog, elbow, crash, squeeze, jab, joggle
Examples from the Web for jostling
Contemporary Examples of jostling
At first, I could only see people running, yelling and jostling.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
From the seat behind, Red Dog reaches forward to tap Willie on the shoulder, jostling Gregg awake in the process.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
Instead, Midnight Memories is more like a bunch of aspiring singles jumbled together, jostling for attention.
Midnight Memories is a bunch of aspiring singles jumbled together, jostling for attention.
How many do they include among their jostling, competitive peers?Why Jonathan Franzen Can’t Appreciate Edith Wharton
March 1, 2012
Historical Examples of jostling
There was no scrambling or jostling for the hot water, no ill humour, no quarrelling.The Uncommercial Traveller
Her brain was crowded with jostling thoughts, her heart with jostling feelings and fears.A Spirit in Prison
And yet they were fighting their way, jostling each other in order to get first to the front.
And it was there that Sandoz came upon him, amid the jostling.
There's no occasion for jostling, there's room for everyone.L'Assommoir
- 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 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.