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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for peddle



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Candidates pushing Medicare-for-all need to acknowledge those realities rather than peddling the fantasy that the patient experience will remain unchanged and that the only losers will be greedy drug companies and insurers. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "In the Democratic debates, candidates spouted too many economic fairy tales," 28 June 2019 But Liverpool are not in for the player, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the club insists stories from France peddling the line that talks have taken place are 'pure lies'., "Liverpool Have No Interest in Lille Star Nicolas Pepe With Speculation Branded 'Pure Lies'," 26 June 2019 But Uslan soldiered forward, teaming in 1979 with the esteemed former MGM exec Benjamin Melnicker to purchase and peddle the film and television rights. Scott Huver, CNN, "'Batman' turns 30: How a superfan got Hollywood to redefine the Dark Knight," 23 June 2019 Between 1990 and 2015, Earls was convicted of nine misdemeanors, including two drunken-driving offenses, improperly handling a firearm, peddling food stamps and possessing a crack pipe, records show. John Caniglia,, "Rape of 95-year-old with dementia raises questions about Ohio’s assisted-living regulations for staffing, training," 23 June 2019 Read More: Two Hong Kong Activists Were Granted Asylum in Germany, Calling the City’s Freedoms Into Question In 2015, five booksellers peddling salacious books about mainland politics disappeared; all of them eventually resurfaced in China. Time, "Massive Protest Held in Hong Kong Against Proposal to Ease Extradition to China," 9 June 2019 That battle has been particularly fraught on social networks, where malicious actors have spent the past several years peddling hoaxes and sowing division. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook beats Twitter at fighting fake news, a new study found," 15 Sep. 2018 At stalls around the city, sellers will peddle a kilogram of mangos for between 20 and 50 Philippine pesos (38 to 96 US cents). Marc Bain, Quartz, "The Philippines has 2 million kilos of extra mangos—and a plan to deal with them," 17 June 2019 The event, hosted by the president’s sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau, had been canceled after the Herald broke the story of Yang’s access peddling. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Mar-a-Lago intruder from China may get her wish — to fire attorneys, defend herself," 4 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'peddle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about peddle

Statistics for peddle

Last Updated

12 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for peddle

The first known use of peddle was in 1532

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for peddle



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on peddle

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with peddle

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for peddle

Spanish Central: Translation of peddle

Nglish: Translation of peddle for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of peddle for Arabic Speakers

Comments on peddle

What made you want to look up peddle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!