hustle

verb
hus·​tle | \ ˈhə-səl How to pronounce hustle (audio) \
hustled; hustling\ ˈhə-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce hustling (audio) \

Definition of hustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to crowd or push roughly : jostle, shove had been hustled into a jail cell with the other protesters
b : to convey forcibly or hurriedly … grabbed him by the arm and hustled him out the door …— John Dos Passos
c : to urge forward precipitately hustling tourists from one museum to the next
2a : to obtain by energetic activity usually used with uphustle up new customerstry to hustle up some tickets to tonight's gamehustling up some grub
b : to sell something to or obtain something from (someone) by energetic and especially underhanded activity : swindle hustling the suckers an elaborate scam to hustle the elderly
c : to sell or promote energetically and aggressively hustling a new product
d : to lure less skillful players into competing against oneself at (a gambling game) hustle pool

intransitive verb

2 : hasten, hurry you'd better hustle if you want to catch the bus
3a : to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business Our quartet was out hustling … and we knew we stood good to take in a lot of change before the night was over.— Louis Armstrong
b : to obtain money by fraud or deception
c : to engage in prostitution
4 : to play a game or sport in an alert aggressive manner She's not the most talented player on the team, but she always hustles.

hustle

noun

Definition of hustle (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : energetic activity I … went about the hustle of summer life.— Stephen W. Kress You stepped out of Penn Station into the dizzying hustle of Eighth Avenue …— Colson Whitehead I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city.
b chiefly US : effort and energy in playing a sport a baseball player who has been criticized for lack of hustle The fans admire them for their hustle. a player known more for his hustle than his talent
2 informal : a dishonest plan for getting money : scam Now, the secret of any hustle is that you have to have information that the other guy doesn't have.— Paul Newman … a once-inspired con man on his last hustle— Marilyn Stasio

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Examples of hustle in a Sentence

Verb The guards hustled the prisoners into the jail. The star's manager hustled him out the back door of the theater to avoid the throngs of fans. He's not the most talented player on the team, but he always hustles. He's been hustling drugs for a few years. They hustle diamonds, furs—whatever people are buying.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s another trip to the barn at night to hustle the chickens into their coop. John Seewer, Star Tribune, "Blue-ribbon blues as fairs close down," 13 Sep. 2020 Justin Wright-Foreman played some terrible defense, and Miye Oni didn’t hustle to loose balls. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Jazz pull off ugly but necessary tank comeback to try to avoid Rockets in playoffs," 10 Aug. 2020 The bag was picked up by Gabriel Guevara, whose job was to hustle the orders to the delivery drivers and customers waiting outside. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger," 7 July 2020 But during the pandemic and economic crisis, as layoffs mount, suddenly thousands of overseas workers now face a stark reality of having to hustle to find work in a tight market. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Laid-off H-1B visa holders face painful predicament," 12 July 2020 But while those fortunate enough to have a large online audience can turn a growing interest in free online skin-care advice into lucrative brand partnerships, individual aestheticians have had to hustle to make a living. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, "The creative ways beauty pros are facing the pandemic," 18 June 2020 His pregame focus was for the Rock Hounds to hustle. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Scrimmage tells Rockhounds, Rail Riders the season’s restart is almost here," 9 June 2020 Hamm complimented his eight points (4-6 FG) with eight rebounds and Cunningham hustled his way to five points (2-3 FG) and six boards as the Longhorns overcame nine first half turnovers to take a 30-26 lead into the half. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Matt Coleman’s game-winner vs. Oklahoma may have just punched Texas’ ticket to the NCAA Tournament," 4 Mar. 2020 Charlie Moore scored from third, and Jim Gantner hustled around with a head-first slide to score from second. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Cecil Cooper's single gives the Brewers their only American League pennant," 20 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hustle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of hustle

Verb

1720, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hustle

Verb

Dutch husselen to shake, from Middle Dutch hutselen, frequentative of hutsen

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Time Traveler for hustle

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The first known use of hustle was in 1720

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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hustle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hustle. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for hustle

hustle

verb
How to pronounce hustle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to quickly move or push (someone) often in a rough way
: to move or work in a quick and energetic way
: to play a sport with a lot of energy and effort

hustle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hustle (Entry 2 of 2)

: energetic activity
chiefly US : effort and energy in playing a sport
informal : a dishonest plan for getting money

hustle

verb
hus·​tle | \ ˈhə-səl How to pronounce hustle (audio) \
hustled; hustling

Kids Definition of hustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to push, crowd, or force forward roughly Officers hustled the prisoner to jail.
2 : to move or work rapidly and tirelessly They're hustling to get the job done. He hustled back to class.

hustle

noun

Kids Definition of hustle (Entry 2 of 2)

: energetic activity The hustle and bustle of the school day began.

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