ped·​dle | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce peddle (audio) \
peddled; peddling\ ˈped-​liŋ How to pronounce peddle (audio) , ˈpe-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of peddle

intransitive verb

1 : to travel about with wares for sale broadly : sell peddling without a license
2 : to be busy with trifles : piddle

transitive verb

1 : to sell or offer for sale from place to place : hawk broadly : sell They peddled fruits and vegetables from a truck on the side of the road.
2 : to deal out or seek to disseminate peddling personal advice— G. F. Kennan
3 : to offer or promote as valuable peddled snake oils and miracle lotions

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Examples of peddle in a Sentence

They peddled fruits and vegetables out of their truck on the side of the road. He peddled his idea for a new movie to every executive in Hollywood. The mayor's aides tried to peddle his innocence to reporters.
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Recent Examples on the Web Most involve a free-floating sense that the United States is a heedless juggernaut and if trade between the two countries — now worth roughly $230 billion a year — is unfettered, there is no telling what Americans will peddle and ruin. New York Times, "‘Chlorinated’ U.S. Chickens Convince British Consumers the Sky Is Falling," 25 Apr. 2021 But only partly: Ideas that might once have been confined to a pamphlet are now easily available on the internet, a space where anyone can be an expert and where conspiracy theories can provide a splendid living for those who peddle them. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘The Nature of Conspiracy Theories’ Review: The Truth Is Out There," 1 Mar. 2021 In 2019, The Pom Pom sisters Evi and Syrri Bateman peddle hair barrettes, headbands, picture frames and ponytail holders decorated with pom poms at the Craft Lake City DIY Festival Kid Row, where children 14 and under make and sell their products. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "What will your 2021 summer festival calendar look like?," 18 Mar. 2021 Trump was gearing up to peddle a false narrative of the circumstances by which the younger Biden happened into a very lucrative contract with the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, using Rudy Giuliani as his personal investigator. Adele M. Stan, The New Republic, "Insurrectionist in Chief," 10 Mar. 2021 But now Apple teams up with Amazon and other top retailers to peddle its products, so discounts are no surprise to anyone anymore. Maren Estrada, BGR, "6 Apple headphones deals you should check out right now at Amazon," 9 Mar. 2021 Tuesday's lawsuit claims that Clearview continues to peddle its services despite these law-enforcement bans. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Immigrant rights groups sue facial-recognition company Clearview AI," 9 Mar. 2021 In spaces often used to peddle products and services, Metro Transit is now advertising hope and happiness. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Metro Transit taps artists to share hope and happiness," 7 Feb. 2021 This group has hired professional canvassers to peddle the petition., "Letter: Howard County’s Liberty Act provides safety for immigrant community | READER COMMENTARY," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of peddle

1532, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for peddle

back-formation from peddler, from Middle English pedlere, alteration of pedder peddler

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29 Apr 2021

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“Peddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peddle

: to sell (something) usually in small amounts and often by traveling to different places
: to try to get people to accept or believe (something)


ped·​dle | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce peddle (audio) \
peddled; peddling

Kids Definition of peddle

: to go about especially from house to house with goods for sale

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