hucksterism, n.hucksterish, adj.
/huk"steuhr/, n.
1. a retailer of small articles, esp. 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.
a. a persuasive and aggressive salesperson.
b. a person who works in the advertising industry, esp. one who prepares aggressive advertising for radio and television.
v.t., v.i.
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.
[1150-1200; ME huccstere (perh. c. MD hokester), equiv. to hucc- HAGGLE (c. dial. G hucken to huckster) + -stere -STER]

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