jostle

The verb jostle describes being bumped and pushed in a horde of people — or doing the bumping, like those at a concert who jostle their way to the front, and the people jostled out of their spots when the newcomers arrive.

Jostle describes both what someone does, like an impatient person who jostles other people out of his way on a crowded bus or subway car, and what happens to those victims: They may have their bags and cups of hot coffee jostled out of their hands by the impatient one's pushing and shoving. When you say the word jostle remember to shove the t out of the way because it's silent: "JOSS-ul."

Definitions of jostle
  1. verb
    make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving
    “We had to jostle our way to the front of the platform”
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    type of:
    make, work
    proceed along a path
  2. verb
    come into rough contact with while moving
    “The passengers jostled each other in the overcrowded train”
    synonyms: shove
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    types:
    elbow
    push one's way with the elbows
    shoulder in
    push one's way in with one's shoulders
    type of:
    force, push
    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
  3. noun
    the act of jostling (forcing your way by pushing)
    synonyms: jostling
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    types:
    elbowing
    jostling with the elbows
    type of:
    shove
    the act of shoving (giving a push to someone or something)
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