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hassle Line breaks: has¦sle
Pronunciation: /ˈhas(ə)l/

Definition of hassle in English:


[mass noun]
1Irritating inconvenience: the hassle of child care [count noun]: travelling 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, struggle, difficulty, annoyance, irritation, thorn in one's flesh/side, bane of one's life;
trials and tribulations, fuss, trouble
North American informalpain in the butt
British vulgar slangpain in the arse
1.1Deliberate harassment: when I told them I would not work on Sundays I got hassle
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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.
1.2 [count noun] North American A disagreement or quarrel: an election-year hassle with farmers
Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrook
informaltiff, set-to, run-in, spat, scrap, dust-up
British informalrow, barney, slanging match, ding-dong, bust-up, bit of argy-bargy, ruck
Scottish informalrammy
North American informalrhubarb
archaicbroil, miff
Scottish archaicthreap, collieshangie


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Harass; pester: you want to sit and relax and not get hassled
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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, go on at, keep on at, keep after, badger, hound, harry, harp on at, chivvy, trouble, bother, worry, torment, annoy, plague, bedevil, persecute
informalbug, give someone a hard time, get in someone's hair, get on someone's case, get on someone's back, breathe down someone's neck
Northern English mither
North American informaldevil, ride
Australian/New Zealand informalheavy
harassed, stressed, stressed out, harried, frayed, hard-pressed, agitated, flustered, beleaguered, hounded, plagued, bothered, troubled, distressed, beset, hag-ridden, tormented;
under stress, under pressure, at the end of one's tether, with one's back up against the wall;
North American at the end of one's rope
informalup against it, in a state, hot and bothered
British informalunder the cosh, stressy


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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