Definitions for hucksterˈhʌk stər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

huck•sterˈhʌk stər

  1. (n.)an aggressive seller or promoter, esp. one who uses showy or dubious methods.

    Category: Informal

  2. a person whose business is advertising, esp. radio and television advertising.

    Category: Informal

  3. a peddler of small items, esp. fruits and vegetables; hawker.

  4. (v.i.)to make petty bargains; haggle.

  5. to deal in small items; peddle.

  6. (v.t.)to sell or promote, esp. in an aggressive and flashy manner.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of huckster:

1150–1200; ME huccstere=hucc- haggle (c. dial. G hucken to huckster) +-stere -ster

huck′ster•ism(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. huckster, cheap-jack(noun)

    a seller of shoddy goods

  2. huckster(verb)

    a person who writes radio or tv advertisements

  3. peddle, monger, huckster, hawk, vend, pitch(verb)

    sell or offer for sale from place to place

  4. haggle, higgle, chaffer, huckster(verb)

    wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)

    "Let's not haggle over a few dollars"

Wiktionary

  1. huckster(Noun)

    A peddler or hawker, who sells small items, either door-to-door, from a stall or in the street

  2. huckster(Noun)

    Somebody who sells things in an aggressive or showy manner.

  3. huckster(Noun)

    One who deceptively sells fraudulent products.

  4. huckster(Noun)

    Somebody who writes advertisements for radio or television.

  5. huckster(Verb)

    To haggle, to wrangle, or to bargain.

  6. huckster(Verb)

    To sell or offer goods from place to place, to peddle.

  7. huckster(Verb)

    To promote/sell goods in an aggressive/ showy manner.

  8. Origin: From hukster, from hokester, itself from hoeken; compare hawkster.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Huckster(noun)

    a retailer of small articles, of provisions, and the like; a peddler; a hawker

  2. Huckster(noun)

    a mean, trickish fellow

  3. Huckster(verb)

    to deal in small articles, or in petty bargains

Freebase

  1. Huckster

    A huckster is a person who sells small articles, either door-to-door or from a stall or small store, like a certain type of peddler, pedlar or hawker. In the United States, there developed a connotation of trickery – the huckster might trick others into buying cheap imitation products as if they were the real thing. However, the original meaning had no connotation of trickery. In Scotland, the term huckster referred to a person, usually a woman, who bought goods, watered them down, and resold them in tiny quantity to others who were too poor to buy quality products available at market value. These items tended to be in the poorer quality range since economy was paramount. Scots burghs often felt the need to control hucksters because they operated without a stall, on the economic fringes. In particular, they were subject of accusations of forestalling, in this case the practice of buying goods wholesale, "before the stall" and therefore before tax was paid. The word was in use circa 1200 and was spelled hukkerye, hukrie, hockerye, huckerstrye or hoxterye at one time or another. The word was still in use in England in the 1840s, when it appeared as a black market occupation. The word is related to the Middle Dutch hokester, hoekster and the Middle Low German höker, but appears earlier than any of these.

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