I am trying to remember the word to describe a person trying to sell stuff persistently. I can't seem to figure it out.


It can be a verb, noun or adjective. Anything around "Selling stuff persistently".

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    At least in the U.S., the term used-car salesman is sometimes used as an archetype of sorts to describe people who use pushy and often dishonest sales tactics – even when they are selling something other than automobiles. – J.R. Sep 26 '13 at 23:52
  • Please clarify - are you looking for an adjective or a noun? The tag shows "adjective" but the question seems to indicate "noun." – Jack Ryan Sep 27 '13 at 12:15
  • @JackRyan Sorry for the confusion. I actually just want to figure out a word that says "selling stuff persistently" it can be verb, noun or adjective depending the context you are using. – Vennsoh Sep 30 '13 at 12:47

You can call this person a peddler or a hawker. Those terms make the sales person seem a little shady, hustler even more so.

  • I like hustler for a noun and I like solicit or tout for the verb. (: – Vennsoh Sep 30 '13 at 12:47
  • Solicit or tout doesn't really convey anything that is pushy or negative. Maybe haggle? – RyeɃreḁd Sep 30 '13 at 15:49

Haven't you seen those? You can happen upon them in just about every populated area.

  • However they might not be persistent :) – mplungjan Sep 27 '13 at 4:39

Pushy or pushful
marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative; a pushful insurance agent

A pushy door-to door salesman OR a pushy salesman


This is one of the most common misconceptions about business today. The reason that people think of salespeople as being pushy and aggressive is because for the last 60 years, they have been pushy and aggressive. Most sales people today still are.

making continual and persistent demands

continuing to believe something or to do something in a very determined way [= tenacious]

This is more formal, has a more positive spin, but really means the same as insistent, and persistent.

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    Pushful? I do not recall ever having heard or read that... – mplungjan Sep 27 '13 at 4:38
  • Incessant comes in handy, too. – Talia Ford Sep 27 '13 at 4:59
  • @mplungjan it's in The Free Dictionary, there's a link. I thought pushful sounded funny too, but maybe it's quite common in the US? – Mari-Lou A Sep 27 '13 at 5:01
  • I think with -ful you tone down the subjectivity and colloquiality of -y. – Talia Ford Sep 27 '13 at 5:01
  • It's not common, I've never ever heard it used either, but -ful can be added to many adjectives, it's your regular suffix. – Talia Ford Sep 27 '13 at 5:03

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