- The definition of a hustle is an act of shoving or a quick movement, or an act of getting something by wrongful or illegal means.
- An example of a hustle is a quick run across the soccer field.
- An example of a hustle is a stealing of money.
- Hustle is defined as to move quickly or push, or to get something by wrongful or illegal ways.
- An example of to hustle is to race quickly through a mall to get to a store before it closes.
- An example of to hustle is to steal money from someone.
Two players hustle across a soccer field.
transitive verbhustled, hustling
- to push or knock about; shove or jostle in a rude, rough manner
- to force in a rough, hurried manner: to hustle a rowdy customer out of a bar
- ☆ Informal to cause to be done, prepared, sent, etc. quickly or too quickly; hurry
- ☆ Slang to get, sell, victimize, etc. by aggressive, often dishonest means
Origin of hustleDutch hutseln, husselen, to shake up (coins, lots), frequentative of Middle Dutch hutsen, to shake
- to push one's way; move hurriedly
- Informal to work or act rapidly or energetically
- ☆ Slang
- to obtain money by aggressive or dishonest means
- to work as a prostitute
- the act of hustling; esp., rough jostling or shoving
- ☆ Informal energetic action or effort; drive
- ☆ Slang a way of making money, esp. a dishonest way
verbhus·tled, hus·tling, hus·tles
- To move or act energetically and rapidly: We hustled to get dinner ready on time.
- To push or force one's way.
- To act aggressively, especially in business dealings.
- Slang a. To obtain something by deceitful or illicit means; practice theft or swindling.b. To solicit customers. Used of a pimp or prostitute.c. To misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling.
- To push or convey in a hurried or rough manner: hustled the prisoner into a van.
- To cause or urge to proceed quickly; hurry: hustled the board into a quick decision.
- Slang a. To sell or get by questionable or aggressive means: hustled stolen watches; hustling spare change.b. To pressure into buying or doing something: a barfly hustling the other customers for drinks.c. To misrepresent one's skill in (a game or activity) in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling: hustle pool.
- The act or an instance of jostling or shoving.
- Energetic activity; drive.
- Slang An illicit or unethical way of doing business or obtaining money; a fraud or deceit: “the most dangerous and wide-open drug hustle of them all” (Newsweek).
Origin of hustleDutch husselen, to shake, from Middle Dutch hustelen, frequentative of hutsen.
(third-person singular simple present hustles, present participle hustling, simple past and past participle hustled)
- (intransitive) To rush or hurry.
- I'll have to hustle to get there on time.
- To con or deceive; especially financially.
- The guy tried to hustle me into buying into a bogus real estate deal.
- To bundle, to stow something quickly.
- To dance the hustle, a disco dance.
- To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
- To sell sex, to work as a pimp.
- To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money.
- (informal) To put a lot of effort into one's work.
By metathesis from Dutch hutselen (“to shake up”).