Hassle vs Hustle – What’s the difference?

Hassle vs Hustle - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between hassle and hustle is that hassle is trouble, bother, unwanted annoyances or problems while hustle is a state of busy activity. As verbs the difference between hassle and hustle is that hassle is to trouble, to bother, to annoy while hustle is to rush or hurry.




(en noun )

  • Trouble, bother, unwanted annoyances or problems.
  • I went through a lot of hassle to be the first to get a ticket.
  • A fight or argument.
  • An action which is not worth the difficulty involved.
  • Verb


  • To trouble, to bother, to annoy.
  • The unlucky boy was hassled by a gang of troublemakers on his way home.
  • To pick a fight or start an argument.
  • Anagrams





  • To rush or hurry.
  • I’ll have to hustle to get there on time.
  • * 1922 , (Sinclair Lewis), Chapter 12
  • Men in dairy lunches were hustling‘ to gulp down the food which cooks had ‘ hustled to fry
  • To con or deceive; especially financially.
  • The guy tried to hustle me into buying into a bogus real estate deal.
  • To bundle, to stow something quickly.
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • There was a person called Nana who ruled the nursery. Sometimes she took no notice of the playthings lying about, and sometimes, for no reason whatever, she went swooping about like a great wind and hustled them away in cupboards.
  • To dance the hustle, a disco dance.
  • To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
  • To sell sex, to work as a pimp.
  • To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one’s body for sexual purposes for money.
  • (informal) To put a lot of effort into one’s work.
  • To push someone roughly, to crowd, to jostle.
  • *
  • There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place. Pushing men hustle each other at the windows of the purser’s office, under pretence of expecting letters or despatching telegrams.


    (en noun )

  • A state of busy activity.
  • A type of disco dance.
  • Derived terms

    * hustle and bustle
    * hustler
    * hustly