peddle

verb
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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Synonyms for peddle

Synonyms

hawk

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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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In a recent study on recommendations to pregnant women at Colorado cannabis dispensaries, researchers found the majority (69 percent) peddled products to treat morning sickness, and 36 percent told women the drug is safe to use in pregnancy. Julia Belluz, Vox, "More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s safe.," 20 Nov. 2018 Enthusiasts can add to the realism of that experience with hardware that replaces keyboards and mice with airplane-style controls such as rudder peddles or a steering-wheel-like yoke. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "‘Video games’? Pilots wonder how plane thief learned to do aerial acrobatics," 13 Aug. 2018 To Mandeville, the ancient and Christian virtues of honor and self-sacrifice were lies peddled by opulent elites to discipline and control the masses. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘Power, Pleasure, and Profit’ Review: Self-Mastery Versus Self-Interest," 5 Oct. 2018 Oli Scarff / Getty Slowly, and then all at once: That’s how the internet giants decided to end their relationships with Alex Jones, whose Infowars brand has peddled conspiracy theories and other forms of disinformation to large audiences for years. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Apple, YouTube and Facebook won’t silence Alex Jones and Infowars — but their bans will sharply limit his reach," 6 Aug. 2018 Along with the Daily Mail and The Sun, the Daily Express is one of the media outlets being targeted by the 'Stop Funding Hate' campaign, aiming to 'take on the divisive hate campaigns' peddled by the three controversial but widely read newspapers. SI.com, "Daily Express Apologises to Liverpool Over 'Ill-Informed & Wrong' Response to Attack on Innocent Fan," 27 Apr. 2018 There is an obvious irony in a Republican campaign being tarnished by allegations of election fraud after the GOP spent last month peddling unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in Florida and Arizona. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What we know about the alleged election fraud plot in North Carolina," 8 Dec. 2018 Just ignore the vendors peddling cheap knockoffs on the main road, a sign of nascent tourism. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 In Malaysia, hawkers peddle chicken satay, which is smoky and slathered in sweet peanut sauce. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 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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The first known use of peddle was in 1532

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More Definitions for peddle

peddle

verb

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)

peddle

verb
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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