• Jostle


    • UK IPA: /ˈdʒɒs.əl/
    • US IPA: /ˈdʒɑ.səl/
    • Rhymes: -ɒsəl


    Originally justle ("to have sex with"), formed from jousten + -tle; from the Old French joster ("to joust"), from Latin iuxtā ("next to"), from iungō ("join, connect").

    Full definition of jostle


    1. (ambitransitive) To bump into or brush against while in motion; to push aside.
      • MacaulayBullies jostled him.
      • I. TaylorSystems of movement, physical, intellectual, and moral, which are perpetually jostling each other.
    2. (intransitive) To move through by pushing and shoving.
    3. (transitive) To be close to or in physical contact with.
    4. (intransitive) To contend or vie in order to acquire something.
    5. (dated, slang) To pick or attempt to pick pockets.



    (plural jostles)
    1. An experience in which jostling occurs.
    2. Being crowded or in a condition of jostling.
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