Definition of hassle in English:


Syllabification: has·sle
Pronunciation: /ˈhasəl


  • 1Irritating inconvenience: the hassle of losing a high security key traveling can be a hassle
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    • ‘It's caused a lot of inconvenience and hassle but it's not going to affect our business,’ he said.
    • I've talked one-on-one with quite a few customers, so I know this caused some of you considerable hassle and inconvenience.
    • Couples can resolve the problems of divorcing without becoming involved in the stress, hassle and financial cost of a court settlement.
  • 1.1Deliberate harassment: if they give you any hassle, just tell them it’s for me
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    • We have to pick our way to sanity through a cacophony of pressure and hassle which are not the product of any one moment in time but of the times in which we live.
    • But misunderstandings and mistrust do exist, and some have resulted in hassle and harassment.
    • After it was discovered that I was a Christian, I was subjected to hassle and harassment on a daily basis and management would not do anything about it.
  • 1.2North American A disagreement; a quarrel: an election-year hassle with farmers


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late 19th century (originally dialect in the sense 'hack or saw at'): of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of haggle and tussle.

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