huckster
I. noun Etymology: Middle English hukster, from Middle Dutch hokester, from hoeken to peddle Date: 13th century 1. hawker, peddler 2. one who produces promotional material for commercial clients especially for radio or television • hucksterism noun II. verb (huckstered; huckstering) Date: 1592 intransitive verb haggle transitive verb 1. to deal in or bargain over 2. to promote by showmanship

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  • Huckster — Huck ster, n. [OE. hukstere, hukster, OD. heukster, D. heuker; akin to D. huiken to stoop, bend, OD. huycken, huken, G. hocken, to squat, Icel. h?ka; the peddler being named from his stooping under the load on his back. Cf. {Hawk} to offer for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Huckster — Huck ster, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Huckstered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Huckstering}.] To deal in small articles, or in petty bargains. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huckster — index dealer, merchant, sell, trade, vendor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • huckster — huck‧ster [ˈhʌkstə ǁ ər] noun [countable] disapproving MARKETING someone who uses forceful selling methods, especially dishonest ones: • time share hucksters waiting in hotel lobbies for unwary tourists …   Financial and business terms

  • huckster — (n.) c.1200, petty merchant, peddler (often contemptuous), from M.Du. hokester peddler, from hoken to peddle (see HAWK (Cf. hawk) (v.1)) + agent suffix ster (which was typically feminine in English, but not in Low German). Specific sense of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • huckster — [n] peddler colporteur, costermonger, hawker, pitchperson, salesperson, seller, street seller, street vendor; concepts 347,348 …   New thesaurus

  • huckster — ► NOUN 1) a person who sells small items, either door to door or from a stall. 2) N. Amer. a person who uses aggressive selling techniques. ► VERB chiefly N. Amer. 1) promote or sell aggressively. 2) bargain. DERIVATIVES hucksterism …   English terms dictionary

  • huckster — [huk′stər] n. [ME hokestere < MDu hoekster < hoeken, to peddle, akin to Ger hökern: see HAWKER1] 1. a peddler or hawker of wares, esp. of fruits, vegetables, etc. 2. an aggressive or haggling merchant, esp. one who uses questionable methods …   English World dictionary

  • Huckster — A Huckster is also a character class in the role playing game Deadlands. A huckster is a seller of small articles, usually of cheap or shoddy quality, or one engaged in haggling or making petty bargains, that is, a certain type of peddler or… …   Wikipedia

  • huckster — hucksterism, n. hucksterish, adj. /huk steuhr/, n. 1. a retailer of small articles, esp. a peddler of fruits and vegetables; hawker. 2. a person who employs showy methods to effect a sale, win votes, etc.: the crass methods of political hucksters …   Universalium

  • Huckster — Recorded as Hucker, Huckster and Huxter, this unusual name is medieval and English. It is in a sense occupational and relates to the famous travelling fairs and markets of the period before the coming of the railways in Victorian times. It… …   Surnames reference

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