One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who sells small items, either door-to-door or from a stall or small store.
trader, dealer, seller, purveyor, vendor, barrow boy, salesman, door-to-door salesman, pedlar, hawkerView synonyms
- ‘You take away the impression that you've been spun a shaggy parrot story told by a sideshow huckster, albeit with attention-grabbing skill.’
- ‘Folks, this is a very old stunt, used by carnival hucksters for generations to convince gullible victims that ‘energies’ are being demonstrated.’
- ‘Tommy uses every trick in the book to catch his man: dressing as a rodeo clown, shilling prizes as a slick Vegas huckster, or pretending to be a backwoods hick, Tommy has all the right moves.’
- ‘New ordinances banned boys from throwing rocks, female hucksters from selling food door-to-door, and people of color from assembling after curfew.’
- ‘Consumers seeking relief from phone hucksters shouldn't be sold a bill of goods by their government.’
- ‘It reads more like a huckster selling long-life elixir at a rural county fair.’
- ‘The trick is to find them among the dross of ill-informed advice from psychobabbling hucksters who don't seem to live in the real world.’
- ‘He mused (more than asked): ‘Do you know you can measure the state of the economies of most developing countries by the number of hucksters you encounter at traffic lights?’’
- ‘Here professionals and housewives discard their workaday images and become hucksters offering the output of their hobbies.’
- ‘These homespun medications were sold by itinerant hucksters, pharmacies, and whoever could spellbind a listener with lofty promises of cure.’
- ‘Wouldn't this make him a set-up for an oily huckster who sold lame horses with a false hump?’
- ‘Nearby, hucksters sell postcards of the skyline, in which the towers remain shiningly intact.’
- ‘In 1880, the Federal census reported 2,690 commercial travelers, hucksters, and peddlers based in Chicago - 98 percent of whom were men.’
- ‘Another pulled toffee - at least in its classic form - is Irish yellowman, a sweet still often sold at fairs by hucksters proclaiming its supposedly health-giving properties.’
- ‘At the base there was the mass of peddlers, hawkers, hucksters, at best shopkeepers.’
- ‘I cringed at the hucksters on the street, who had a negative impact on the brand.’
- ‘When you put it that way, the street-level huckster almost sounds more honorable than the executive.’
- ‘This bland 30-second spot stood out in the cluttered huckster's marketplace of morning television because of all the elements that were missing.’
- ‘To add to the incessant cacophony of all the usual hucksters and souvenir traders, the pilgrims and the clergy, the temple is also still being built.’
- 1.1 A mercenary person eager to make a profit out of anything.
- ‘Even worse, he warned, are the hucksters who will sell dangerous ‘south-pole’ magnets with potentially life-threatening consequences.’
- ‘We see cash-starved municipalities being heavily lobbied to privatize services by corporate hucksters even though costs will rise and local control is lost.’
- ‘Instructive, isn't it, how much scientists clamoring for federal funds sound like that quintessential American huckster, the snake-oil salesman?’
- ‘Or, we might get a rash of hucksters, hustlers, and bigots, attracted by the smell of public funds.’
- ‘An electric broom huckster has no divine right to tell us what design is and isn't.’
- ‘Many New Yorkers perceived the proposal as a hoax, junk art or the work of just another fly-by-night huckster.’
- ‘If you are one of his victims, it will not ease your frustration to know that his business - on behalf of diet-pill hucksters, online casinos and the like - has made the one-time insurance fraudster a millionaire.’
- ‘That range embraces everything from human genius to human criminality, from knowledgeable creativity to ignorant destruction, from human healers to human hucksters.’
- ‘There are too many snake - oil salesmen, hucksters, conmen and digital shamans attracted by the glamour and financial promise of the net.’
- ‘Of course, ‘privatization’ is a politically-popular fad these days, but before we turn this sensitive government function over to for-profit hucksters, let's think twice.’
- ‘Other content indicators include ALL CAPS text, red font tags, huckster language like ‘pure profit’ and even the word ‘remove.’’
- ‘They'll last for the unsuspecting customer about three and a half minutes, and the customer will think all flower growers are hucksters.’
- ‘America was a land of professionally suave huckster sales people.’
- ‘They are desperate people in search of a cure, and as such deserve protection from hucksters who would use that desperation to turn a quick profit.’
- ‘Before we can begin to evaluate the evidence, we must get rid of the hucksters and charlatans who have turned unsolved mysteries into a profitable business.’
- 1.2North American A publicity agent or advertising copywriter, especially for radio or television.
- ‘You go to war with the best public relations huckster you can have: the White House announced last week that a Washington public relations executive, with no experience in military affairs, was the nominee for the post.’
- ‘Of course, it won't surprise me if some huckster manages to get the two women to square off again.’
- ‘The huckster advertises an attractive item-an appliance, aluminum siding, a new kitchen-at an astonishingly low price. That's the bait, and consumers predictably rise to it.’
- ‘Every genius, promoter and huckster wanted a piece of the action.’
- ‘Their role is more significant (in a couple of senses) than hucksters whose interest in the lives of other people is limited to an opportunity to ply their craft.’
- ‘Besides, consumers have always been in an equilibrium with advertisers and hucksters - some gullible people will fall for anything, while others are impervious to all manipulation.’
verb[with object]North American
1Promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).
advertise, publicize, give publicity to, bang the drum for, beat the drum for, popularize, sell, market, merchandiseView synonyms
- ‘There should be high profile Indonesian culture and trade expos at major cities in the west, shamelessly huckstering for this country.’
- ‘So, although he will presumably be ‘shocked’ to learn it, his military-technological huckstering appalled the old general.’
- ‘Nearly a century ago, for instance, radio was a new grassroots phenomenon that responded to community needs without huckstering the listeners.’
- ‘Too often, the most famous members of the profession become preoccupied by their own personalities, generating flashy images and huckstering iconic trademarks.’
- ‘If you hear any other coach claim his player deserves consideration, you know that coach is shamefully huckstering or making sure his guy gets on an All-American team.’
- ‘These kinds of electronic spaces seem to be far removed from the image of the bustling, huckstering Bartholomew Fair, but it seems that many scholars in the Humanities confuse them.’
- ‘His huckstering abilities soon ingratiated him to Joe Frazier, the world heavyweight champion, whom he accompanied to Kingston, Jamaica, in 1973, when Frazier defended his crown against Foreman.’
- ‘You have thousands of members cancelling their memberships, and that anger is only going to grow as people realize they got huckstered by this bill.’
- 1.1no object Bargain; haggle.
- ‘The staff is smart, attentive, and blessedly innocent of the huckstering and bum's rushing that often characterize staples of the tourist circuit.’
- ‘Littlebody grumbles of indignity - ‘the huckstering / - jumping around in your green top hat ‘- but the laws laid down so long ago hold true and he offers up his purse of gold.’’
- ‘Thousands of TV commercials go on their merry way, oblivious to dire circumstances outside the calculus of huckstering.’
- ‘Rather than caricaturing him, Gladwell uses Popeil and his family legacy of boardwalk huckstering to teach Madison Avenue lessons it would never have learned in business school.’
- ‘From the start, negotiations over water have been rife with miscalculations, poor planning and plain old huckstering.’
- ‘Of course, in the universal association of Jews with commerce and huckstering there was a huge element of stereotyping.’
- ‘Sorry that I have to resort to such shameless huckstering.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘retailer at a stall, hawker’): probably of Low German origin.
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