huck·​ster | \ ˈhək-stər How to pronounce huckster (audio) \

Definition of huckster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : hawker, peddler especially : one who sells or advertises something in an aggressive, dishonest, or annoying way
2 : one who produces promotional material for commercial clients especially for radio or television


huckstered; huckstering\ ˈhək-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce huckster (audio) \

Definition of huckster (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to deal in or bargain over
2 : to promote aggressively

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hucksterism \ ˈhək-​stə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce huckster (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for huckster

Synonyms: Noun

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Huckster comes from the Dutch noun hokester and verb hoeken, which means "to peddle."

Examples of huckster in a Sentence

Noun hucksters outside the auditorium selling everything from key chains to life-size cutouts of the rock star
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Could Odenkirk’s fast-talking huckster hold the weight of an entire drama? Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 Hill is a confidence man, a classic American huckster. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2022 Eli move like a dastardly Robert Mitchum-esque huckster? Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 Red Rocket is set during the 2016 presidential election, and Baker is clearly intent on evoking the national mood of the time by telling a story of an American huckster. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 By this light, the president’s deification is not the strange mania of easy marks, keen to be hoodwinked by a trashy gratifying huckster. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 6 Dec. 2021 To the people who doubted him, Williams was a huckster. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 19 Nov. 2021 In this mostly dull bauble about a kid (Colin Hanks) who works for a possibly fraudulent huckster magician (John Malkovich), Hanks shows up briefly as a skeptical dad. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 8 Nov. 2021 McDonnell eventually was prosecuted for accepting a Rolex and other bribes from a dietary-supplement huckster, his conviction overturned only because the Supreme Court narrowed its legal definition of bribery. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of huckster


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for huckster


Middle English hukster, from Middle Dutch hokester, from hoeken to peddle

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28 Apr 2022

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“Huckster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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