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 hassle (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

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 But for those wary of the hassle of planning, there is something else: an all-inclusive Alpine vacation at a Club Med resort. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 His experience — a seamless sale, with none of the hassle of a conventional real estate transaction — took place just weeks before the demise of Zillow’s iBuying operation. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Any person who's ever moved to a new home knows firsthand how much of a hassle the process can be. Rachel Simon, PEOPLE.com, 8 Nov. 2021 The retailer is also offering self-pickup at 100 stores in a separate test, which officials say will make picking up online orders less of a hassle. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 To add even more of a hassle, distributors would take a certain percent of the sales. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 15 Oct. 2021 But what’s more of a hassle is the grind, day in and day out, of pushing through a system that just isn’t working for you anymore. Christopher Tompkins, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 For most, this is much more of a hassle than cooking a smaller, fresh turkey that may be otherwise unavailable. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 2 Sep. 2021 Isolating and transporting each particular variant from around the world is too much of a hassle. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aside from the opportunity to hassle Biden — think of impeachment as Benghazi on steroids — this talk from Republicans is probably just another effort to destigmatize Trump's very real offenses. Joel Mathis, The Week, 31 Aug. 2021 Neighborhood fussbudgets are sure to demand extensive design review of the triplex, a process that take years while neighbors fuss and hassle developers over glazing requirements, curb cuts, color swatches. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Its pass rush has a chance to hassle Jefferson as well. Christopher Smith, al, 12 Oct. 2021 Beautiful nails can be achieved in less than five minutes with Dashing Diva’s Magic Press hassle free instant manicure. Essence, 1 Sep. 2021 Willing to hassle people of any age, with no lower limit. Alicia Oltuski, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 Alas, these kinds of decisions from leaders put everyone at risk -- and give aid and comfort to anti-maskers who hassle those of us who mask. CNN, 3 Aug. 2021 This model means that customers’ stress levels are reduced and as a result a brand seems easy, hassle free and therefore more likeable. Dana Dunne, Forbes, 11 June 2021 In addition, Mexican authorities have been issuing fewer of the visas that once allowed many non-Mexicans to reach the northern border relatively hassle free. Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Hassle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hassle. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hassle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: to bother or annoy (someone) constantly or repeatedly
: 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


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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