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[jos-uh l] /ˈdʒɒs əl/
verb (used with object), jostled, jostling.
to bump, push, shove, brush against, or elbow roughly or rudely.
to drive or force by, or as if by, pushing or shoving:
The crowd jostled him into the subway.
to exist in close contact or proximity with:
The three families jostle each other in the small house.
to contend with:
rival gangs continually jostling each other.
to unsettle; disturb:
The thought jostled her complacency.
Slang. to pick the pocket of.
verb (used without object), jostled, jostling.
to bump or brush against someone or something, as in passing or in a crowd; push or shove (often followed by with, for, or against):
He jostled for position.
to exist in close contact or proximity with someone or something.
to compete; contend.
Slang. to pick pockets.
a shock, push, bump, or brush against someone or something.
Also, justle.
Origin of jostle
1350-1400; variant (in Middle English, variant spelling) of justle, equivalent to just(en) to joust + -le
Related forms
jostlement, noun
jostler, noun
unjostled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jostle
  • When the volume was high, the unit produced clicking noises with every bump and jostle.
  • Waiting for news of their relatives inside the maternity wards, they jostle urgently to beg a foreign visitor for help.
  • The magnets jostle the electrons until they emit light pulses.
  • Turbo's lag may jostle your latte, and its ever-present whine is grating.
  • True, it may jostle back and forth and even flip around.
  • Since then a succession of cyclones and slumping prices have conspired to jostle the crown from the vanilla king's head.
  • We know that folks are starting to jostle for the president's job.
  • People politely jostle for position, and give up toilet paper to others.
  • It is also bustle: people jostle one another in the streets and don't bother to excuse themselves in any dialect.
  • But with art nowadays the eyes do not always have it: texts, contexts and theories often jostle visual experience aside.
British Dictionary definitions for jostle


to bump or push (someone) roughly
to come or bring into contact
to force (one's way) by pushing
the act of jostling
a rough bump or push
Derived Forms
jostlement, noun
jostler, noun
Word Origin
C14: see joust
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Word Origin and History for jostle

1540s, justle, "to knock against," formed from jousten (see joust) + frequentative suffix -tle. The usual spelling 17c.-18c. was justle. An earlier meaning of the word was "to have sex with" (c.1400). Meaning "to contend for the best position or place" is from 1610s. Related: Jostled; jostling. As a noun from c.1600.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jostle



To pick pockets: a junkie vocation known as ''jostling''/ always looking for cats who were down there jostling (1929+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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