ped·dle | \ˈpe-dᵊl \
peddled; peddling\ˈped-liŋ, 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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No one who peddles Tamagotchis actually wants you to get rid of your Tamagotchi. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, "My Tamagotchi is everything that went wrong with our future," 17 June 2018 If the study was sponsored by the pharmaceutical, supplement, or device industry that is peddling the product under review, the information may be slanted. David Becker,, "Determining the real from the fake health news," 12 June 2018 There are always more prospects to sell, and hope to peddle to the masses who yearn for another Cup run. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "In our dark sports landscape, Stars etch themselves as one of the NHL's worst | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Mar. 2018 Mark Turnbill, the managing director of Cambridge Analytica Political Global, was also filmed saying the company used proxy organizations to peddle negative material about other candidates on social media. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Cambridge Analytica dismissed as overpriced and of little value to Republicans," 21 Mar. 2018 The boys ordered thousands of dollars of flowers on credit to peddle to parents before commencement. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These bouquets are made for Instagram and leading a craft flower movement," 15 May 2018 Arizona Republic PUERTO PEÑASCO, Mexico — Tacky T-shirts, NFL blankets, tequila and tchotchkes galore are peddled to tourists on the seaside Malecon. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Beyond the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico: 6 things to do in Puerto Penasco," 25 June 2018 My first entrepreneurial venture, at age 6, was peddling bottles of soda to construction workers from my little red wagon. Bill Cummings,, "Dad taught me the art of negotiating when I was just a kid," 24 May 2018 She and a host of other Venezuelans - army deserters, laborers, nurses - arrived to a barrage of offers from touts peddling trips on rickety buses to cities such as Quito, Lima and Santiago. Anthony Faiola,, "Venezuelans are fleeing their crisis-torn country en masse," 3 Mar. 2018

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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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Phrases Related to peddle

peddle one's wares

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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 \
peddled; peddling

Kids Definition of peddle

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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