Definitions for jostleˈdʒɒs əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jos•tleˈdʒɒs əl(v.; n.)-tled, -tling

  1. (v.t.)to bump against, push, or elbow roughly or rudely.

  2. to drive or force by pushing or shoving.

  3. to contend with:

    rivals jostling each other for advantage.

  4. to exist in close contact or proximity with.

  5. (v.i.)to bump or brush against others, as in a crowd; push or shove.

  6. to make one's way by pushing or shoving.

  7. to exist in close contact or proximity.

  8. to compete; contend.

  9. (n.)the act of jostling; a rough bump or push.

Origin of jostle:

1400–50; late ME justilen to have sexual relations with

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jostle, jostling(verb)

    the act of jostling (forcing your way by pushing)

  2. jostle(verb)

    make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving

    "We had to jostle our way to the front of the platform"

  3. jostle, shove(verb)

    come into rough contact with while moving

    "The passengers jostled each other in the overcrowded train"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jostle(verb)ˈdʒɒs əl

    to push or be pushed in a crowd

    people jostling for position


  1. jostle(Noun)

    An experience in which jostling occurs.

  2. jostle(Noun)

    Being crowded or in a condition of jostling.

  3. jostle(Verb)

    To bump into or brush against while in motion.

  4. jostle(Verb)

    To move through by pushing and shoving.

  5. jostle(Verb)

    To be close to or in physical contact with.

  6. jostle(Verb)

    To contend or vie in order to acquire something.

  7. jostle(Verb)

    To pick or attempt to pick pockets.

  8. Origin: Originally justle, formed from jousten + -tle; from the joster, from iuxta, from iungo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jostle(verb)

    to run against and shake; to push out of the way; to elbow; to hustle; to disturb by crowding; to crowd against

  2. Jostle(verb)

    to push; to crowd; to hustle

  3. Jostle(noun)

    a conflict by collisions; a crowding or bumping together; interference

Translations for jostle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to push roughly

We were jostled by the crowd; I felt people jostling against me in the dark.

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