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.
Recent Examples on the Web Did Adam Neumann peddle his wares around town like a sad salesman, all barefoot? Daniel Scheffler, SPIN, 4 Apr. 2022 His proxies on state media peddle visions of Russia forging a new union encompassing Belarus and Ukraine. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Even those smiling, sashed salesgirls have been forced to scramble this winter for supplies to peddle online or on folding tables in front of grocery stores. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 The ad may be set on a future farm and designed to peddle dairy products, but its pastoral setting and utopian veneer riff on the pitches of many companies seeking to present a change to workplace scenery as an upgrade in quality of life. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2022 That’s not wrong, necessarily, though such movies peddle empowerment at the expense of humility. Peter Debruge, Variety, 7 Mar. 2022 The curator notes that many of the boxes were intended to peddle publications that haven’t existed for years, like a local phone book. Christopher Arnott,, 31 Mar. 2022 And the removal of RT and Sputnik from TV networks, social media, and search engines is, in no uncertain terms, devastating for Russia’s capacity to peddle influence. Tom Southern, Wired, 10 Mar. 2022 But one issue continues to percolate over the party: Whether the 2020 election was rigged and stolen, a lie that Trump continues to peddle and which a growing number of GOP candidates are embracing to curry favor with the former President. Manu Raju And Alex Rogers, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Peddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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