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jostle

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verb jos·tle \ˈjä-səl\

Definition of jostle

jostled

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jostling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to vie in gaining an objective :  contend tribes began to jostle with one another for room — Daniel Defoe

  4. transitive verb
  5. 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

  6. 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

  1. Everyone in the crowd was jostling each other trying to get a better view.

  2. everyone glared at the man who jostled to the front of the line

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Origin and Etymology of jostle

alteration of justle, frequentative of 1joust


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jostle

noun jos·tle

Definition of jostle

  1. 1 :  the experience of being pushed or jostled (see 1jostle) might glide through … life among them without a jostle — Thomas Jefferson

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of jostle

see 1jostle


JOSTLE Defined for English Language Learners

jostle

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verb

Definition of jostle for English Language Learners

  • : to push against (someone) while moving forward in a crowd of people


JOSTLE Defined for Kids

jostle

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verb jos·tle \ˈjä-səl\

Definition of jostle for Students

jostled

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jostling

  1. :  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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