has·​sle | \ ˈha-səl How to pronounce hassle (audio) \

Definition of hassle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heated often protracted argument : wrangle embroiling myself in a long, exasperating hassle with masons— S. J. Perelman
2 : a violent skirmish : fight
3a : a state of confusion : turmoil all hassle and hurly-burly— Ellery Queen
b : an annoying or troublesome concern avoid the hassle of filling out paperwork flight delays and other hassles of holiday travel too much of a hassle to bother with


hassled; hassling\ ˈha-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce hassling (audio) \

Definition of hassle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: argue, fight hassled with the umpire

transitive verb

: to annoy persistently or acutely : harass gets hassled by the cops

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Synonyms for hassle

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of hassle in a Sentence

Noun All this paperwork is a hassle. They've had to deal with flight delays and all of the other hassles of holiday travel. He got into a hassle with his landlord. Verb Other kids were always hassling her because she was overweight. I'm sick of being hassled by telemarketers. I don't have time to hassle with you about this! Just do what I tell you to do!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Either of these can likely charge your phone fully overnight, but there are ways to get a faster, easier charge without the hassle of plugging in the cable. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Our guide to finding the right wireless charger for your device," 13 Nov. 2020 Second, perhaps most test locations are simply not reporting test data back to state authorities; few point-of-care locations are set up to report these data electronically, so the hassle factor is high. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Fog of the Pandemic Is Returning," 10 Sep. 2020 Get dad a pack for no-hassle campfires or to keep in his emergency preparedness kit. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 30 Best Gifts for Dad This Father’s Day," 10 June 2020 Dealing with daily disposable contacts that shriveled on my eyeballs in dry weather was a hassle. Malia Griggs, SELF, "These $19 Rainbow Glasses Are My Favorite Purchase This Year," 23 Oct. 2020 Others might want something quick and easy that gets the job done without much hassle and clean-up involved. Ali Francis, SELF, "The Best Coffee Makers, According to Highly-Caffeinated Experts," 19 Oct. 2020 This budget-friendly model offers convenient features to get the job done without extra hassle. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Carpet Cleaners of 2020," 19 Oct. 2020 This is great news if your financial goal is to sell a home without much hassle. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Your newsfeed filled with posts of friends buying houses? Don't be fooled by low interests if you're not ready," 18 Oct. 2020 Is the final product worth all the hassle and expense? Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Inside My Custom Toyota Land Cruiser Build," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Shopping online is meant to be hassle free, but with all the payment and shipping details needed at checkout, the process can be a little tiresome. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "14 Fashion Apps to Download Now," 22 Oct. 2020 The Tigers continued to hassle Franks, staying in his face and pressuring him to record two more quarterback hurries. Giana Han, al, "Instant analysis: Auburn beats Arkansas 30-28," 10 Oct. 2020 Psychologist Max Wachtel says police impersonators hassling people about travel restrictions are similar to people who post social-media shaming photos of strangers violating personal-distance guidelines. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Fake cops are stopping drivers for violating coronavirus stay-at-home orders," 9 Apr. 2020 The incident escalated when Arbery began to question why Kanago was hassling him. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "New Bodycam Video Shows Georgia Police Attempting To Tase Ahmaud Arbery In 2017," 19 May 2020 For his coach, Bill Mallory, who never stopped hassling him about leaving that diploma unclaimed. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Ernie Thompson keeps promise to Bill Mallory, gets diploma from IU at age 50," 17 May 2020 You should not be hassled for driving through the state. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Reader Q&A: Can we legally drive home to Texas from out of state?," 1 May 2020 Brinkley-Cook encouraged her critics to put their energy toward something positive, instead of spending their time hassling her. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'I'm not gonna take it': Sailor Brinkley-Cook defends herself after backlash over N95 mask," 4 Apr. 2020 Eddie Jabbour, the creator of the KickMap, a subway app, told Berman that the M.T.A. had hassled him, too. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "The M.T.A. vs. a D.I.Y. Cartographer," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hassle


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1951, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hassle

Verb and Noun

perhaps blend of harass and hustle

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Time Traveler for hassle

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The first known use of hassle was in 1945

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hassle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hassle. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce hassle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hassle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is annoying or that causes trouble
US : a fight or argument



English Language Learners Definition of hassle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bother or annoy (someone) constantly or repeatedly
US : to argue or fight


has·​sle | \ ˈha-səl How to pronounce hassle (audio) \

Kids Definition of hassle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that annoys or bothers Filling out these forms is a hassle.
2 : an argument or fight She got into a hassle with the neighbor.


hassled; hassling

Kids Definition of hassle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to annoy continuously : harass “He hassles all the smaller kids on the bus.”— Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

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