Etymology
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hassle (n.)

"fuss, trouble," 1945, American English (in "Down Beat" magazine), 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.

hassle (v.)

1951, from hassle (n.). Related: Hassled; hassling.

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Definitions of hassle
1
hassle (n.)
an angry disturbance;
Synonyms: fuss / trouble / bother
hassle (n.)
disorderly fighting;
Synonyms: scuffle / tussle / dogfight / rough-and-tumble
2
hassle (v.)
annoy continually or chronically;
Synonyms: harass / harry / chivy / chivvy / chevy / chevvy / beset / plague / molest / provoke
From wordnet.princeton.edu