SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN noun a disorderly dispute. a problem brought about by pressures of time, money, inconvenience, etc.: Finding a decent place to have lunch in this neighborhood is always a hassle. verb (used without object), has·sled, has·sling. to dispute or quarrel: children hassling over who has the most toys. to take time or effort: We don't want to hassle with all that waiting in line. verb (used with object), has·sled, has·sling. to bother, annoy, or harass: I'll do the work, so don't hassle me. Origin of hassle
First recorded in
1935–40; origin uncertain Related forms un·has·sled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unhassled noun a prolonged argument; wrangle a great deal of trouble; difficulty; nuisance verb (intr) to quarrel or wrangle (tr) to cause annoyance or trouble to (someone); harass Word Origin for hassle
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for unhassled v.
hassle (n.). Related: Hassled; hassling. n.
1945, American English, perhaps from U.S. Southern dialectal
hassle "to pant, breathe noisily" (1928), of unknown origin; or perhaps from hatchel "to harass" (1800), which may be a variant of hazel, the name of the plant that furnished switches for whippings. Noted in 1946 as a show biz vogue word.
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