An example of hassle is two people getting into a heated debate about politics in a bar.
Customers hassling with merchants over high prices.
An example of hassle is a group of men yelling vulgar words at a woman across the street from them.
Street gangs hassling passersby.
The unlucky boy was hassled by a gang of troublemakers on his way home.
Origin of hassle
- From American dialectal (Southeast) hassle to pant (as from exertion) perhaps of imitative origin or akin to British dialectal hassle to hack at, saw away at with a blunt blade
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition