Definition of jostle
1a : to come in contact or into collision a jostling crowdb : to make one's way by pushing and shoving people jostling toward the exitc : to exist in close proximity
2 : to vie in gaining an objective : contend tribes began to jostle with one another for room — Daniel Defoe
1a : to come in contact or into collision with being jostled by the crowdb : to force by pushing : elbow jostled his way through the crowdc : to stir up : agitate thunder jostled us awaked : to exist in close proximity with Europe, where a number of languages jostle each other — D. G. Mandelbaum
2 : to vie with in attaining an objective an enormous industry in which a great many companies and interests jostle each other fiercely — Washington Post
Examples of jostle in a Sentence
Everyone in the crowd was jostling each other trying to get a better view.
everyone glared at the man who jostled to the front of the line
Recent Examples of jostle from the Web
While schools on the other side of the country jostle to win over Corral, USC will go about finding a replacement for him in its 2018 class.
After the first run, Kaye was jostling for first with Cecilia Davis-Hayes, who won last year’s Philadelphia Triathlon.
For the rest of us, we'll still be stuck in coach, jostling with our neighbors over the armrests.
Heading the pack of nine is Brad Grady's Girvin, a dark brown colt that never got to run his race at Churchill Downs after being jostled shortly after the start and then nearly sent to his knees when caught in traffic turning for home.
As participants yelled encouragement from the shoreline, the quack pack jostled and surfed to the finish line, aided by fire hoses wielded by New Orleans firefighters.
Johnson cut his driving teeth in off-road trucks, so jostling around in a car — which happens every lap at Dover — is a familiar sensation.
All those shifting, jostling yous and their lessons.
Between jostling pedestrians and moving cars for a good spot (use common sense, people), here are few tips for taking the perfect Manhattanhenge Instagram.
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Origin and Etymology of jostle
alteration of justle, frequentative of 1joust
First Known Use: 1546See Words from the same year
Definition of jostle
1 : the experience of being pushed or jostled (see 1jostle) might glide through … life among them without a jostle — Thomas Jefferson
2 : the state of being crowded or pushed together : the state of being jostled the state fair is deliberately about the crowds and jostle, the noise and overload of sight and event — David Foster Wallace
JOSTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jostle for English Language Learners
: to push against (someone) while moving forward in a crowd of people
JOSTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of jostle for Students
: to push roughly … people were … jostling and trying to get a bit closer to the famous girl. — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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