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huckster

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noun huck·ster \ˈhək-stər\

Definition of huckster

  1. 1 :  hawker, peddler; especially :  one who sells or advertises something in an aggressive, dishonest, or annoying way

  2. 2 :  one who produces promotional material for commercial clients especially for radio or television

hucksterism

play \ˈhək-stə-ˌri-zəm\ noun

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Examples of huckster in a Sentence

  1. hucksters outside the auditorium selling everything from key chains to life-size cutouts of the rock star

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Did You Know?

Hawkers, peddlers, and hucksters have been selling things out of the back of wagons, in narrow alleys, and on the fringes of towns for years (though nowadays, they're more likely to plug their wares on television or the Internet). Of those three words-"hawker," "peddler," or "huckster"-the one that has been around the longest in English is "huckster." It has been with us for over 800 years, and it derives from the Middle Dutch word hokester, which in turn comes from the verb hoeken, meaning "to peddle." "Peddler" (or "pedlar") was first attested in the 14th century, and this sense of "hawker" has only been appearing in English texts since the early 1500s.

Origin and Etymology of huckster

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


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huckster

verb huck·ster

Definition of huckster

huckstered

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huckstering

play \ˈhək-st(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  haggle

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to deal in or bargain over

  5. 2 :  to promote aggressively

First Known Use of huckster

1592


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noun huck·ster \ˈhək-stər\

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