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HUCKSTER

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 848 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HUCKSTER, a dealer or retailer of goods in a small way. The word, in various forms, is common to many Teutonic languages. In Early English it is found as howkester, Wester, huxter; in early modern Dutch as heuker, and Medieval Low German as (taker; but the ultimate origin is unknown. Huckster apparently belongs to that series of words formed from a verb,—as brew, brewer; but the noun " huckster " is found in use before the verb to huck. Hawker and pedlar are nearly synonymous in meaning, but " huckster " may include a person in a small way of trade in a settled habitation, while a hawker or pedlar invariably travels from place to place offering his wares. In a contemptuous sense, huckster is used of any one who barters, or makes gain or profit in underhand or mean ways, or who over-reaches another, to get advantage for himself.
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