from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move or act energetically and rapidly: We hustled to get dinner ready on time.
  • intransitive v. To push or force one's way.
  • intransitive v. To act aggressively, especially in business dealings.
  • intransitive v. Slang To obtain something by deceitful or illicit means; practice theft or swindling.
  • intransitive v. Slang To solicit customers. Used of a pimp or prostitute.
  • intransitive v. Slang To misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling.
  • transitive v. To push or convey in a hurried or rough manner: hustled the prisoner into a van.
  • transitive v. To cause or urge to proceed quickly; hurry: hustled the board into a quick decision.
  • transitive v. Slang To sell or get by questionable or aggressive means: hustled stolen watches; hustling spare change.
  • transitive v. Slang To pressure into buying or doing something: a barfly hustling the other customers for drinks.
  • transitive 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rush or hurry.
  • v. To con or deceive; especially financially.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To push or crows; to force one's way; to move hustily and with confusion; a hurry.
  • transitive v. To shake together in confusion; to push, jostle, or crowd rudely; to handle roughly.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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