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Definitions for huckster
ˈhʌk stərhuck·ster

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. huckster, cheap-jacknoun

    a seller of shoddy goods

  2. hucksterverb

    a person who writes radio or tv advertisements

  3. peddle, monger, huckster, hawk, vend, pitchverb

    sell or offer for sale from place to place

  4. haggle, higgle, chaffer, hucksterverb

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

    "Let's not haggle over a few dollars"


  1. hucksternoun

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

  2. hucksternoun

    Somebody who sells things in an aggressive or showy manner.

  3. hucksternoun

    One who deceptively sells fraudulent products.

  4. hucksternoun

    Somebody who writes advertisements for radio or television.

  5. hucksterverb

    To haggle, to wrangle, or to bargain.

  6. hucksterverb

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

  7. hucksterverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Huckster, Hucksterernoun

    Etymology: hock, German, a pedlar; hockster, a she-pedlar.

    There cannot be a more ignominious trade than the being hucksters to such vile merchandise. Government of the Tongue.

    God deliver the world from such guides, or rather such hucksters of souls, the very shame of religion. Robert South, Sermons.

    Should thy shoe wrench aside, down, down you fall,
    And overturn the scolding huckster ’s stall,
    The scolding huckster shall not o’er thee moan,
    But pence expect for nuts and pears o’erthrown. John Gay.

    There should be a general confederacy of all the servants in every family, for the publick good, to drive those China hucksters from the doors. Jonathan Swift.

    Those hucksterers or money-jobbers will be found necessary, if this brass money is made current. Jonathan Swift.

    Now the ape wanted his huckster man. Hubb. Tale.

  2. To Hucksterverb

    To deal in petty bargains.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    They must pay a shilling, for changing their piece into silver, to some huckstering fellow who follows that trade. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Huckster

    A huckster is anyone who sells something or serves biased interests, using pushy or showy tactics. Historically, the term meant any type of peddler or vendor, but over time it has assumed pejorative connotations.


  1. huckster

    A huckster is a person who sells small items, either door-to-door or from a stall or small store, often using aggressive or dishonest sales techniques. It can also refer to someone who promotes or advertises something with exaggerations or misleading tactics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hucksternoun

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

  2. Hucksternoun

    a mean, trickish fellow

  3. Hucksterverb

    to deal in small articles, or in petty bargains

  4. Etymology: [OE. hukstere, hukster, OD. heukster, D. heuker; akin to D. huiken to stoop, bend, OD. huycken, huken, G. hocken, to squat, Icel. hka; -- the peddler being named from his stooping under the load on his back. Cf. Hawk to offer for sale.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Huckster

    huk′stėr, n. a retailer of smallwares, a hawker or pedlar: a mean, trickish fellow:—fem. Huck′stress.—v.i. to deal in small articles, to higgle meanly.—n. Huck′sterage, business of a huckster. [With fem. suff. -ster, from Dut. heuker, a retailer, Old Dut. hucken, to stoop or bow; cf. Ice. húka, to sit on one's hams, and Eng. hawker.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of huckster in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of huckster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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