- 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.
intransitive verbjostled, jostling
- 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 of jostleearlier justle, frequentative ; from Middle English justen: see joust
verbjos·tled, jos·tling, jos·tles
- 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: jostled with several others for the job.
- 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: jostled a major shareholder for control of the business.
- To shake or agitate: jostled the bag of food, and the dog came running.
Origin of jostleMiddle English justilen, to have sexual relations with, frequentative of justen, to joust, from Old French juster; see joust.
(third-person singular simple present jostles, present participle jostling, simple past and past participle jostled)
- An experience in which jostling occurs.
- Being crowded or in a condition of jostling.