Definition of jostle in English:


Line breaks: jos¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɒs(ə)l


[with object]


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  • The action of jostling: the jostle of shoppers
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    • The resulting jostle of competing versions marks him more than any other poet, even Auden.
    • The unpretentious, butter-hued dining room is calm then - underpopulated, even, compared to the Darwinian bray and jostle of jampacked evenings.
    • The construction workers wear soft eyes that soak up the morning sun, and the janitors have attentive ears that listen to the jostle of walking mobs.


late Middle English justle, from just, an earlier form of joust. The original sense was 'have sexual intercourse with'; current senses date from the mid 16th century.

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