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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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.

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Noun hucksters outside the auditorium selling everything from key chains to life-size cutouts of the rock star
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Wizard is presented as a turn-of-the-century fairground huckster. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Trump, too, was a brash huckster who despised the élites that had always spurned him. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 His huckster father, meanwhile, makes for an enduring source of consternation, as financial friction defines their relationship. Washington Post, 8 May 2021 According to that huckster-like rationale, exposing the idea -- even while debunking it or pointing out its ethical and logical flaws -- plays into the hands of the people circulating conspiracies. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 Idaho was named, in the eighteen-sixties, by a frontiersman huckster who claimed to speak Shoshone. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2021 Cardi B might have been better off accusing Owens of being a cynical huckster, using performative outrage to market her distinctive brand of regressive, self-loathing conservatism. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 That’s Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), a TV infomercial huckster whose get-rich-quick pitch is a Ponzi scheme on the verge of collapse. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 But those who mock Donald Trump as a mere huckster or illusionist are forgetting that, in a whole nation full of such people, that is not necessarily a downside. Christopher Caldwell, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2020

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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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