- The definition of jostle is to push and shove your way through a space or through a crowd, or to compete for something or to fight for position.
- When you push and elbow your way through a crowd, this is an example of a time when you jostle your way through the crowd.
- When you compete for a position at work, this is an example of a time when you jostle for position.
- to bump or push, as in a crowd; elbow or shove roughly
- to push (one's way) by shoving or bumping
- to come or bring into close contact
- to contend (with someone for something)
Origin: earlier justle, frequentative from Middle English justen: see joust
- jostler noun
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verb jos·tled, jos·tling, jos·tles verb, intransitive
- To come in rough contact while moving; push and shove: jostled against the others on the crowded platform.
- To make one's way by pushing or elbowing: jostled through the guests to the bar.
- To vie for an advantage or position.
- To be in close proximity.
- To pick or try to pick pockets.
- To come into rough contact with while moving: messengers who jostle pedestrians on the sidewalk.
- To force by pushing or elbowing: jostled my way through the mob.
- To vie with for an advantage or position.
- To be in close proximity with: “Books written in all languages … jostle each other on the shelf” (Virginia Woolf).
- To pick or try to pick the pocket of.
- A rough shove or push.
- The condition of being crowded together.
Origin: Middle English justilen, to have sexual relations with, frequentative of justen, to joust, from Old French juster; see joust.
- josˈtler noun