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huck·​ster ˈhək-stər How to pronounce huckster (audio)
: hawker, peddler
especially : one who sells or advertises something in an aggressive, dishonest, or annoying way
: one who produces promotional material for commercial clients especially for radio or television
hucksterism noun


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

transitive verb

: to deal in or bargain over
: to promote aggressively

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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 performers
Recent Examples on the Web
Editor’s picks Yet to simply write Corman off as just another huckster or hack, bilking young talent for a quick buck, is to severely underestimate his smarts, his professional savvy, his love of films and his love of filmmakers. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2024 What the huckster cannot teach, however, is how to acquire a certain bulldozing charisma—a glossy armor of charm and entitlement, trailing a faint spritz of sociopathy, so relentless and inevitable that its possessor can only seem lightly amused by it. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the line between magic, science, and fraud is never certain. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Fad diets and exercise programs, ever the bread and butter of unscrupulous hucksters trying to make an easy buck on the internet, have likewise proved no match for crowdsourced research. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024 As a result, low-level hucksters or those peddling unproven treatments often don’t get as much attention. David Klepper, Fortune Well, 31 Jan. 2024 The best parts are the musical ones, of course, but there's plenty of deliciously trashy John Waters-style cheese happening too, with silly subplots and exaggerated teen stereotypes (nerd, huckster, prep, secretly beautiful girl with glasses) all adding up to the perfect party movie. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 15 Sep. 2023 More than a century ago, hucksters peddled magic elixirs from wagons. David Klepper, Fortune Well, 31 Jan. 2024 The Christian Evangelicals there are a good test for candidates’ ability to message to the party’s base and can very quickly spot a huckster—or reward a Mike Huckabee. TIME, 14 Jan. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of huckster was in the 13th century


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“Huckster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: one that peddles : hawker
hucksters selling souvenirs
: a writer of advertising especially for radio or television

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