1. a disorderly dispute.
  2. a problem brought about by pressures of time, money, inconvenience, etc.: Finding a decent place to have lunch in this neighborhood is always a hassle.

verb (used without object), has·sled, has·sling.

  1. to dispute or quarrel: children hassling over who has the most toys.
  2. to take time or effort: We don’t want to hassle with all that waiting in line.

verb (used with object), has·sled, has·sling.

  1. to bother, annoy, or harass: I’ll do the work, so don’t hassle me.


  1. a prolonged argument; wrangle
  2. a great deal of trouble; difficulty; nuisance


  1. (intr) to quarrel or wrangle
  2. (tr) to cause annoyance or trouble to (someone); harass

1945, American English, perhaps from U.S. Southern dialectal hassle “to pant, breathe noisily” (1928), of unknown origin; or perhaps from hatchel “to harass” (1800), which may be a variant of hazel, the name of the plant that furnished switches for whippings. Noted in 1946 as a show biz vogue word.


1951, from hassle (n.). Related: Hassled; hassling.

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