huckster

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v huckster wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.) "Let's not haggle over a few dollars"
    • v huckster sell or offer for sale from place to place
    • n huckster a seller of shoddy goods
    • n huckster a person who writes radio or tv advertisements
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Huckster A mean, trickish fellow.
    • Huckster A retailer of small articles, of provisions, and the like; a peddler; a hawker.
    • v. i Huckster To deal in small articles, or in petty bargains.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n huckster A retailer of small articles; a hawker; a peddler; now, especially, a small dealer in agricultural produce.
    • n huckster A wholesale fish-dealer; one who buys fresh fish for shipment to the retail trade.
    • huckster To deal in small articles or in petty bargains; hence, to higgle; contend in a small or mean way about monetary transactions.
    • huckster To expose for sale; make a matter of bargain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Huckster huk′stėr a retailer of smallwares, a hawker or pedlar: a mean, trickish fellow
    • v.i Huckster to deal in small articles, to higgle meanly
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering Trade.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Meantime, sutlers, peddlers and hucksters swarmed in like locusts, on the very first steamers up the river.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
The dreaded janissaries degenerated into a corporation of hucksters and green-grocers.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
There were huckster waggons with vegetables, and a buttermilk man.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He heard it in the huckster's cries, the noise of carts, the calling of children.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
If I mistake not, 'tis a huckster come to spread out his wares.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
She won't be a huckster's wife, you say?
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
They're hucksters ... they think in ... in ha'porths!...
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
It is not easy for the chickens to deceive the huckster.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
How the deuce should these office-bred hucksters know what is best?
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
So, Huckster Heaven became a memory, like a place in a previous existence.
"Telempathy" by Vance Simonds
Among these gloomy dwellings the smallest was that of the Sister Cadiere, a retail dealer, or huckster.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Locking-up time came late that market day, for the hucksters' list was enormous.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
On the whole, the hucksters fared rather badly.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
Fate becomes then a paltry huckster.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
And there was also a regular huckster, to whom the house belonged, and who occupied the ground floor.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
He stood in a large square, lined about with huckster's stalls and the booths of wine-sellers.
"Black Amazon of Mars" by Leigh Brackett
The Jap's a little huckster who can't see beyond his nose.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
One of the early hucksters was Earl Robey who collected eggs and chickens once a week.
"Frying Pan Farm" by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
It is not at all like a huckster's shop at home, for the goods kept are not intended to be disposed of at once.
"Village Life in China" by Arthur H. Smith
Toinette paused before a huckster who was selling fruit.
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse
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In poetry:

The hucksters haggle in the mart
The cars and carts go by;
Senates and schools go droning on;
For dead things cannot die.
"For A War Memorial" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And when the long day's work is done,
(How slow the leaden minutes ran!)
Home, with his wife and little son,
He is no huckster, but a man!
"Delicatessen" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
So you think he is defeated, O ye comfortably seated,
And that Victory is meted in your loaded huckster's scales?
O ye fools! though justice tarry, yet by heaven broad and starry,
Right, howe'er it may miscarry, ere the end arrive, prevails.
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Is there any science at all behind astrology , or is that just a desperation belief in hucksters.
It's Veteran's Day weekend, and the Better Business Bureau advises that you watch out for hucksters trying to take advantage.
Judging by the size of the crowd at last week's HITEC trade show, and the air of professionalism among the exhibitors, ie, a lack of the hucksterism evident in the past, it seems as though hotel technology may have finally come of age.
Judging by the size of the crowd at last week's HITEC trade show, and the air of professionalism among the exhibitors, ie, a lack of the hucksterism evident in the past, it seems as though hotel technology may have finally come of age .
America, Land of the Health Hucksters.
James Franco Reveals Inner Huckster in Oz: The Great and Powerful (Video).
A crowd gathers to hear a sales pitch from huckster George Esparza at the 2011 Berks County Heritage Festival.
On GALEO's Jerry Gonzalez, "hate", parasitic , smearing hucksters and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
But the two current movies on the subject reveal the huge gap between the best minds of the "entertainment industry" and its low-rent hucksters.
There was a moment in L.A.'s history when even the sidewalks weren't spared the enthusiasm of the developers, architects, and hucksters who were shaping the city.
When the iTunes Store began offering apps that used cell phone light to cure acne , federal investigators knew that hucksters had found a new spot in cyberspace.
Working hard to fit in, accused spies mastered the art of hucksterism.
Following up on an earlier post about Mike Huckabee's ear-catching claim that we should "amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards," the Huckster has expanded on his remarks in an interview with Beliefnet.
To 1910 and the shouts of hucksters who sold the city into existence.
Terry McAuliffe, Huckster or Hustler.
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