- The definition of a hassle is an argument or a fight.
An example of hassle is two people getting into a heated debate about politics in a bar.
- Hassle is defined as to bother, annoy or harass someone.
An example of hassle is a group of men yelling vulgar words at a woman across the street from them.
- a heated argument; squabble
- a troublesome situation
Origin: from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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- An argument or a fight.
- Trouble; bother.
Origin: Origin unknown.Word History: It is difficult to believe that there were no hassles before 1945, the year in which the noun hassle is first recorded in English. The origins of this word might be considered a hassle for the etymologist. An English dialect word, hassle, meaning “to hack at, cut with a blunt knife and with a sawing motion,” is recorded at the end of the 19th century. A Southern dialect word, hassle, “to pant, breathe heavily,” is also a possible source. A more popular notion has been that hassle is a blend, but here again we have a hassle. Three separate possibilities have been proposed, a combination of harass and hustle, haggle and tussle, and haggle and wrestle. Given all these possibilities, it is clear why words such as hassle end up with the etymology “origin unknown.”