American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move or act energetically and rapidly: We hustled to get dinner ready on time.
- v. To push or force one's way.
- v. To act aggressively, especially in business dealings.
- v. Slang To obtain something by deceitful or illicit means; practice theft or swindling.
- v. Slang To solicit customers. Used of a pimp or prostitute.
- v. Slang To misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling.
- v. To push or convey in a hurried or rough manner: hustled the prisoner into a van.
- v. To cause or urge to proceed quickly; hurry: hustled the board into a quick decision.
- v. Slang To sell or get by questionable or aggressive means: hustled stolen watches; hustling spare change.
- v. Slang To pressure into buying or doing something: a barfly hustling the other customers for drinks.
- v. Slang To misrepresent one's skill in (a game or activity) in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling: hustle pool.
- n. The act or an instance of jostling or shoving.
- n. Energetic activity; drive.
- n. Slang An illicit or unethical way of doing business or obtaining money; a fraud or deceit: "the most dangerous and wide-open drug hustle of them all” ( Newsweek).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shake or throw together confusedly or in a disorderly manner; shove roughly, as by crowding; jostle: as, to hustle things out of the way; he was hustled off the course.
- To push or crowd; move about with difficulty, as in a crowd; shuffle or shamble hurriedly.
- To make haste; move or act energetically: as, come, hustle now.
- To shake up the halfpence in the game of pitch and hustle. See below.
- To inveigle into dishonest games.
- v. intransitive To rush or hurry.
- v. transitive To con or deceive; especially financially.
- v. transitive To bundle, to stow something quickly.
- v. To dance the hustle (see Wikipedia:Hustle (dance))
- v. To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
- v. To sell sex, to work as a pimp.
- v. To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money.
- n. A state of busy activity.
- n. A type of disco dance. See Wikipedia:Hustle (dance) for more information.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To shake together in confusion; to push, jostle, or crowd rudely; to handle roughly.
- v. To push or crows; to force one's way; to move hustily and with confusion; a hurry.
- v. move or cause to move energetically or busily
- v. pressure or urge someone into an action
- n. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
- n. a rapid active commotion
- v. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
- v. get by trying hard
- v. cause to move furtively and hurriedly
- Dutch husselen, to shake, from Middle Dutch hustelen, frequentative of hutsen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Only singer Justin Timberlake comes through with a nuanced performance as the sleazy former Napster co-creator whose hustle is just what Facebook needs.”
“In Game 1 Gardner was credited for his "hustle" -- as if sliding headfirst requires more effort than running hard through the bag.”
“But the scope of McCaffrey’s hustle is really breathtaking.”
“Those numbers at least indicate a willingness to hustle, which is not to be despised.”
“More recently, I've learned to do the country hustle aka the "electric slide" to the tune of "Pink Cadillac".”
“We're bad, we're not good, but certainly their pressure, their quickness, their hustle were a very, very important part of that.”
“We played good and the hustle was there," Mobley said.”
“It is the same whether it is called hustle or uplift; whether we regard it as the heroic love of comrades or the last hysteria of the herd instinct.”
“He claimed that many youngsters turn to a so-called "hustle culture" to make money, rather than chasing careers built on academic achievement and hard work.”
“Education ... takes second place to notions of entrepreneurship as, predominantly our young men, get involved in the informality of what University of the West Indies academics have called a 'hustle culture'.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘hustle’.
With bows of great respect to Connie Willis, author of "Bellwether" and other wonderful books.
A list generated by Phrontistery
which I wanted to have along with my own lists on Wordnik
random gangster lingo and street slang with extra absurdities.
( open list, randomness )
The Moves. Do~do~ditty!
An arcade of artifice and deception.
Names of popular or once dances.
The (not always so) smoovements; scattered, oscillating, jerky, and unpredictable.
I was tragically born with an extra left foot. If I weren't so debilitated, this would be my to-do list.
Off the straight and narrow; less than straight arrow.
Just another arbitrary list of words that come up for me today, June 20 2007
Hecko, words! I’m so happy I’ve found you. I want to keep you all and never want to lose you again. I hope you like it here.
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