- a disorderly dispute.
- 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.
- to dispute or quarrel: children hassling over who has the most toys.
- 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.
- to bother, annoy, or harass: I’ll do the work, so don’t hassle me.
- a prolonged argument; wrangle
- a great deal of trouble; difficulty; nuisance
- (intr) to quarrel or wrangle
- (tr) to cause annoyance or trouble to (someone); harass
1951, from hassle (n.). Related: Hassled; hassling.
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.