from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move or act energetically and rapidly: We hustled to get dinner ready on time.
- intransitive v. To push or force one's way.
- intransitive v. To act aggressively, especially in business dealings.
- intransitive v. Slang To obtain something by deceitful or illicit means; practice theft or swindling.
- intransitive v. Slang To solicit customers. Used of a pimp or prostitute.
- intransitive v. Slang To misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling.
- transitive v. To push or convey in a hurried or rough manner: hustled the prisoner into a van.
- transitive v. To cause or urge to proceed quickly; hurry: hustled the board into a quick decision.
- transitive v. Slang To sell or get by questionable or aggressive means: hustled stolen watches; hustling spare change.
- transitive v. Slang To pressure into buying or doing something: a barfly hustling the other customers for drinks.
- transitive v. Slang To misrepresent one's skill in (a game or activity) in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling: hustle pool.
- n. The act or an instance of jostling or shoving.
- n. Energetic activity; drive.
- n. 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To rush or hurry.
- v. To con or deceive; especially financially.
- v. To bundle, to stow something quickly.
- v. To dance the hustle (see Wikipedia:Hustle (dance))
- v. To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
- v. To sell sex, to work as a pimp.
- v. To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money.
- n. A state of busy activity.
- n. A type of disco dance. See Wikipedia:Hustle (dance) for more information.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To shake together in confusion; to push, jostle, or crowd rudely; to handle roughly.
- intransitive v. To push or crows; to force one's way; to move hustily and with confusion; a hurry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shake or throw together confusedly or in a disorderly manner; shove roughly, as by crowding; jostle: as, to hustle things out of the way; he was hustled off the course.
- To push or crowd; move about with difficulty, as in a crowd; shuffle or shamble hurriedly.
- To make haste; move or act energetically: as, come, hustle now.
- To shake up the halfpence in the game of pitch and hustle. See below.
- To inveigle into dishonest games.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move or cause to move energetically or busily
- v. pressure or urge someone into an action
- n. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
- n. a rapid active commotion
- v. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
- v. get by trying hard
- v. cause to move furtively and hurriedly
Dutch husselen, to shake, from Middle Dutch hustelen, frequentative of hutsen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)