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jostle

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verb jos·tle \ˈjä-səl\

Definition of jostle

jostled

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jostling

play \ˈjā-s(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to come in contact or into collision <a jostling crowd>b :  to make one's way by pushing and shoving <people jostling toward the exit>c :  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 crowd>b :  to force by pushing :  elbow <jostled his way through the crowd>c :  to stir up :  agitate <thunder jostled us awake>d :  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>

Origin and Etymology of jostle

alteration of justle, frequentative of 1joust


First Known Use: 1546


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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


First Known Use: 1611


JOSTLE Defined for English Language Learners

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jostle

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verb jos·tle \ˈjä-səl\

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

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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