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

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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 Since the whole point of a VPN is to create a secure connection to a network, worming into one can save hackers a lot of hassle. Brian Barrett, Wired, "VPN Hacks Are a Slow-Motion Disaster," 25 Apr. 2021 While couples and vendors keep their fingers crossed for large events to go as planned this year, others have little to worry about — some couples opted out of the hassle and instead celebrated over Zoom or with their immediate family. BostonGlobe.com, "Wedding receptions are back, without the conga lines," 19 Apr. 2021 From scanning our signatures on important documents to printing work documents and reports, a good printing machine can make even the hardest work tasks seem like less of a hassle. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The best printer deals to shop from HP, Canon and more," 14 Apr. 2021 The group of Democratic lawmakers demanded the president place the guns under the National Firearms Act, a move that would make the sale and transfer of the firearms in question more of a hassle. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Biden to nominate gun control activist to helm ATF: Report," 7 Apr. 2021 After all, going virtual saves travel money and a lot of time – and some level of hassle. Sean Hart, Forbes, "The New Virtual Reality Of Doing Business," 5 Apr. 2021 Clearly, being vaccinated could save inbound visitors lots of hassle. Washington Post, "Summer travelers grapple with a vaccine gap," 24 Mar. 2021 And if fussing with vacuum bags isn’t your thing, a bagless version will make cleaning up after cleaning up much less of a hassle. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best upright vacuum: Clean your house quickly and comfortably," 5 Mar. 2021 The bid that causes the least amount of hassle for the seller is the one that will probably win. Bill Jordan, Dallas News, "How to make the best purchase offer in a seller’s market," 21 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Biden’s bind: Dismantling Trump immigration policies without sparking a border rush," 6 Mar. 2021 There are still communities with active recreational leases, many of which have excellent amenities, making the extra expense and hassle worthwhile for the residents. Gary Singer, sun-sentinel.com, "Ask a real estate pro: Should I be worried after bank denies condo loan because of ‘rec lease?’," 4 Mar. 2021 Big banks hassle low-income consumers with fees for everyday services. John Mcwhorter, Washington Post, "Biden Should ...," 15 Jan. 2021 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

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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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7 May 2021

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“Hassle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hassle. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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