Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


There was no scrambling or jostling for the hot water, no ill humour, no quarrelling.

Her brain was crowded with jostling thoughts, her heart with jostling feelings and fears.

And yet they were fighting their way, jostling each other in order to get first to the front.

And it was there that Sandoz came upon him, amid the jostling.

There's no occasion for jostling, there's room for everyone.

That would be too much to look for in a jostling, market-day world like ours.

The jostling crowd brimmed her eyes; she walked as one in a mist.

Anchors and cables were powerless to hold the crowded, jostling ships.

Inside, the aisles were packed with a jostling, slowly moving throng.

To land the guns through the jostling sea was the next task.


1540s, justle, "to knock against," formed from jousten (see joust) + frequentative suffix -tle. The usual spelling 17c.-18c. was justle. An earlier meaning of the word was "to have sex with" (c.1400). Meaning "to contend for the best position or place" is from 1610s. Related: Jostled; jostling. As a noun from c.1600.