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jostle

verb jos·tle \ ˈjä-səl \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of jostle

jostled; jostling play \ˈjā-s(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :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
2 :to vie in gaining an objective :contend
  • tribes began to jostle with one another for room
  • —Daniel Defoe
transitive verb
1 a :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
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

jostle Synonyms

Synonyms
bore, bull, bulldoze, crash, elbow, jam, 2press, muscle, push, shoulder, squeeze
Related Words
ram, shove, thrust

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jostle

noun

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

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Origin and Etymology of jostle


JOSTLE Defined for English Language Learners

jostle

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

verb jos·tle \ ˈjä-səl \

Definition of jostle for Students

jostled; jostling
: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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