hucksters

huckster

[huhk-ster]
noun
1.
a retailer of small articles, especially 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.
3.
a cheaply mercenary person.
4.
Informal.
a.
a persuasive and aggressive salesperson.
b.
a person who works in the advertising industry, especially one who prepares aggressive advertising for radio and television.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
5.
to deal, as in small articles, or to make petty bargains: to huckster fresh corn; to huckster for a living.
6.
to sell or promote in an aggressive and flashy manner.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English huccstere (perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch hokester), equivalent to hucc- haggle (cognate with dialectal German hucken to huckster) + -stere -ster

hucksterism, noun
hucksterish, adjective
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huckster (ˈhʌkstə)
 
n
1.  a person who uses aggressive or questionable methods of selling
2.  rare a person who sells small articles or fruit in the street
3.  (US) a person who writes for radio or television advertisements
 
vb
4.  (tr) to peddle
5.  (tr) to sell or advertise aggressively or questionably
6.  to haggle (over)
 
[C12: perhaps from Middle Dutch hoekster, from hoeken to carry on the back]
 
'hucksterism
 
n

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huckster
c.1200, M.Du. hokester "peddler," from hoken "to peddle" (see hawk (v.)) + agent suffix -ster (which was fem. in Eng., but not in Low Ger.). Derogatory sense is 16c.; specific sense of "advertising salesman" is from 1946 novel by Frederick Wakeman.
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