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huckster (plural hucksters)
- A peddler or hawker, who sells small items, either door-to-door, from a stall, or in the street.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
- Somebody who sells things in an aggressive or showy manner.
- One who deceptively sells fraudulent products.
- Somebody who writes advertisements for radio or television.
- A mean, deceptive person.
- Bishop Hall
- Instead of turning to me and keeping to the works of charity and justice, he is a mere heathen huckster.
2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
- Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
- Bishop Hall
- (intransitive) To haggle, to wrangle, or to bargain.
- (transitive) To sell or offer goods from place to place, to peddle.
- (transitive) To promote or sell goods in an aggressive, showy manner.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967