peddle

verb ped·dle \ ˈpe-dᵊl \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of peddle

peddled; peddling play \ˈped-liŋ, ˈpe-dᵊl-iŋ\
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

Examples of peddle in a Sentence

  1. They peddled fruits and vegetables out of their truck on the side of the road.

  2. He peddled his idea for a new movie to every executive in Hollywood.

  3. The mayor's aides tried to peddle his innocence to reporters.

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Origin and Etymology of peddle

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

peddle Synonyms

Synonyms
hawk
Related Words
retail, wholesale; deal (in), distribute, high-pressure, hustle, market, merchandise (also merchandize), trade (in), vend


PEDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

peddle

verb

Definition of peddle for English Language Learners

  • : to sell (something) usually in small amounts and often by traveling to different places

  • : to try to get people to accept or believe (something)


PEDDLE Defined for Kids

peddle

verb ped·dle \ ˈpe-dᵊl \

Definition of peddle for Students

peddled; peddling
: to go about especially from house to house with goods for sale


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