Definition of hassle in English:

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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.
inconvenience, bother, nuisance, problem, trouble, struggle, difficulty, annoyance, irritation, thorn in one's side/flesh, fuss
informal aggravation, stress, headache, pain, pain in the neck
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


[with object]
Harass; pester: squeegee men who hassle drivers for change at stoplights
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  • Sure they were bothered by the state police and hassled by the communist militia, but that just spiced up the spirit of adventure.
  • My dad is hassling me because I never return his calls.
  • I'll just keep calling you and hassling you until you do…
harass, pester, nag, keep on at, badger, hound, harry, bother, torment, plague
informal bug, give someone a hard time, get on someone's case, breathe down someone's neck
harassed, agitated, stressed (out), harried, frayed, flustered;
beleaguered, hounded, plagued, bothered, beset, tormented;
under pressure
informal up against it, hot and bothered


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

  • This was originally a dialect word in the sense ‘hack or saw at’. The origin is unknown but it may be a blend of haggle (LME from an Old Norse word for ‘hack, mangle’) and tussle (LME, probably the same word as tousle, of Germanic origin).

Words that rhyme with hassle

Kassel, passel, tassel, vassal

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Syllabification: has·sle

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