Hucksterism



[huhk-ster] /ˈhʌk stər/

noun
1.
a retailer of small articles, especially a peddler of fruits and vegetables; hawker.
2.
a person who employs showy methods to effect a sale, win votes, etc.:
the crass methods of political hucksters.
3.
a cheaply mercenary person.
4.
Informal.

verb (used with or without object)
5.
to deal, as in small articles, or to make petty bargains:
to huckster fresh corn; to huckster for a living.
6.
to sell or promote in an aggressive and flashy manner.
/ˈhʌkstə/
noun
1.
a person who uses aggressive or questionable methods of selling
2.
(rare) a person who sells small articles or fruit in the street
3.
(US) a person who writes for radio or television advertisements
verb
4.
(transitive) to peddle
5.
(transitive) to sell or advertise aggressively or questionably
6.
to haggle (over)
n.

c.1200, “petty merchant, peddler” (often contemptuous), from Middle Dutch hokester “peddler,” from hoken “to peddle” (see hawk (v.1)) + agent suffix -ster (which was typically feminine in English, but not in Low German). Specific sense of “advertising salesman” is from 1946 novel by Frederick Wakeman. As a verb, from 1590s. Related: Huckstered; huckstering.

noun

An advertising person or publicity agent: so the television hucksters can peddle their shaving cream

[1945+; popularized by the 1946 novel about advertising, The Hucksters, by Frederick Wake-man]

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