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has·​sle ˈha-səl How to pronounce hassle (audio)
: a heated often protracted argument : wrangle
embroiling myself in a long, exasperating hassle with masonsS. J. Perelman
: a violent skirmish : fight
: a state of confusion : turmoil
all hassle and hurly-burlyEllery Queen
: 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


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

intransitive verb

: argue, fight
hassled with the umpire

transitive verb

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

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! See More
Recent Examples on the Web
This recipe feels fancy but comes without the typical holiday hassle. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2024 The special appeals of a private takeover The Weekapaug Inn luxury Milestone Getaway offers the promise of privacy and exclusivity without the hassles typically associated with event planning. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The humble hashbrown patty takes the crown this year for being perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside—without the hassle of making your own. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 Buckle up and get ready to drive off in your dream car without the usual hassle and stress. Kat Hnatyshyn, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 Protecting the president from the hassles of civil litigation is one thing; permitting the president, charged in Article 2 of the Constitution with faithful execution of the laws, to be able to break those same laws with impunity is quite another. Claire Wofford, The Conversation, 6 Feb. 2024 Hale is among a growing number of protesters the Mountain Valley Pipeline company has targeted with injunctions, a potentially costly legal hassle that could lead to jail time for anyone found on a construction site. Katie Myers, WIRED, 20 Jan. 2024 Commenters on the post weighed in, with many agreeing about the hassles of bill-splitting. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 In recent years, she’s watched — and waited in line — as the king cakes’ popularity has crested, bringing business to the neighborhood and, at times, a hassle. Joan Niesen, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024
His first scene finds Cliff yelling at a white neighbor who’s hassling the family for spreading their mother’s ashes at the beach. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 George Bernard Shaw and James Thurber were stylistically hassled by certain know-it-alls. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Tesla hassles SpaceX being private also spares it from analysts’ influence, Musk added this week. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 24 Dec. 2023 This 49ers team that steamrolled the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opener didn’t have it so easy, with quarterback Brock Purdy failing to throw a touchdown pass while missing several open receivers against an aggressive pass rush and hassling secondary. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 On another, she and her husband were hassled for sitting in a bus shelter reserved for white people. William J. Kole, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 Many insurers, Cuban explains, have felt spurned or hassled by PBMs, too. Lauren Larson, Men's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 The company added 6 million subscribers last quarter after the streaming company began to hassle users to get their own accounts rather than freeload off another household’s. Alan Murray, Fortune, 20 July 2023 Should their visa application be refused for any reason, applicants lose only the small fee paid to the travel agent—a better deal than hassling with an airline to modify or cancel a full ticket or failing to get a refund entirely. Ax Sharma, WIRED, 28 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

perhaps blend of harass and hustle

First Known Use


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1951, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hassle was in 1945

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Cite this Entry

“Hassle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hassle. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
has·​sle ˈhas-əl How to pronounce hassle (audio)
hassled; hassling
: argue sense 2, dispute
hassled with the umpire
: to annoy continuously : harass


2 of 2 noun
: something that is annoying or troublesome

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