ped·​dle | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce peddle (audio) \
peddled; peddling\ ˈped-​liŋ How to pronounce peddling (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 Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has even installed vending machines peddling items like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, and gloves. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, "How Airports Will Change After Coronavirus, According to Experts," 27 May 2020 Many found ways to exploit loopholes in the travel ban: seven people suspected of peddling fake travel papers were recently arrested in Bali. The Economist, "Muddled mudik messages As covid-19 spreads, Indonesia’s president has an unhappy Eid," 24 May 2020 On Amazon and Alibaba, many shops peddling anti-virus masks had run out of stock as of Wednesday. Lulu Yilun Chen,, "China’s Virus Outbreak Triggers a Global Run on Face Masks," 13 May 2020 Dollar Shave Club ended up in the hands of consumer-products giant Unilever, while Harry’s, which also peddles razors to subscribers over the internet, has been pursued by Edgewell Personal Care, which owns the Schick and Wilkinson Sword brands. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Billion Dollar Brand Club’ Review: Clicking the ‘Disrupt’ Button," 3 Feb. 2020 That’s information that isn’t necessarily wrong or racist but peddles unconfirmed conspiracies or shoddy medical information. Alyza Sebenius,, "Coronavirus Misinformation Is Spreading All Over Social Media," 10 May 2020 The state of Missouri sued televangelist Jim Bakker for peddling SilverSol products as a coronavirus medication, and the FDA sent warning letters last week to seven companies that were making similar claims. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Alex Jones peddled a fake coronavirus cure that can turn people’s skin permanently blue," 14 Mar. 2020 Like compulsive gamblers who react to every losing streak by changing their betting strategy rather than quitting outright, political handicappers adjust to every stunning campaign development by unapologetically peddling new certainties. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Media’s Lousy Election Analysis Is Damaging Political Discourse," 12 Feb. 2020 On Sunday, youngsters from a local Girl Scout troop cashed in by peddling their famous cookies outside Dispensary33 in the Andersonville neighborhood, reportedly charming customers and employees alike. Fox News, "Chicago Girl Scouts cash in on cannabis legalization, sell cookies outside dispensary," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of peddle was in 1532

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Peddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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