verb jos·tle \ˈjä-səl\

: to push against (someone) while moving forward in a crowd of people

jos·tledjos·tling \-s(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of JOSTLE

intransitive verb
a :  to come in contact or into collision
b :  to make one's way by pushing and shoving <jostling toward the exit>
c :  to exist in close proximity
:  to vie in gaining an objective :  contend <jostled to get a glimpse of the celebrity>
transitive verb
a :  to come in contact or into collision with
b :  to force by pushing :  elbow
c :  to stir up :  agitate <thunder jostled us awake>
d :  to exist in close proximity with
:  to vie with in attaining an objective

Examples of JOSTLE

  1. Everyone in the crowd was jostling each other trying to get a better view.
  2. <everyone glared at the man who jostled to the front of the line>

Origin of JOSTLE

alteration of justle, frequentative of 1joust
First Known Use: 1546

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Definition of JOSTLE

:  a jostling encounter or experience
:  the state of being crowded or jostled together

First Known Use of JOSTLE


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JOSTLING Defined for Kids


verb jos·tle \ˈjä-səl\

Definition of JOSTLE for Kids

:  to push roughly <… people were … jostling and trying to get a bit closer to the famous girl. — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory>


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