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 huckstering (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 hucksterism (audio) \ 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 Far-right huckster Jacob Wohl has been accused of launching a robocall scheme aimed at voter suppression. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Jacob Wohl accused of robocall scheme aimed at voter suppression," 27 Aug. 2020 See also the creation, by several Jewish huckster immigrants, of the motion-picture business in New York. David Mamet, National Review, "Max the Hamster," 20 Aug. 2020 Just one high-drama moment from a convoluted crypto tale full of them: the early 2020 takeover of the Steem blockchain by Tron CEO and notorious huckster Justin Sun, as recounted in all its glory by Decrypt’s Tim Copeland. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Are blockchain companies cursed with too much cash?," 19 Aug. 2020 People spread disinformation to promote a political agenda or make a quick buck, for example, with hucksters now pushing everything from faulty face masks to block the novel coronavirus to worthless cures to treat it. Popular Science, "Disinformation during a pandemic can be deadly," 9 Apr. 2020 Few media hucksters cared about that aspect of Haynes’s progressivism. Armond White, National Review, "Dark Waters Drowns in Sanctimony," 20 Mar. 2020 Or a huckster using his former position for his own benefit, as the Pentagon seemingly implies? Part VI. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program," 14 Feb. 2020 Inaccurate information – even deliberately wrong information – doesn’t just come from snake-oil salesmen, door-to-door hucksters and TV shopping channels anymore. Barry M. Mitnick, The Conversation, "Why do people believe con artists?," 21 Feb. 2020 Even with Nixon now disgraced and carved into history as first a huckster and then a virulent racist, his legacy on indigenous rights, then and now, stands above all other presidents. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Indian Country Deserves a Better Hero Than Richard Nixon," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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“Huckster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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