ped·​dler | \ ˈped-lər How to pronounce peddler (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pedlar

Definition of peddler

: one who peddles: such as
a : one who offers merchandise (such as fresh produce) for sale along the street or from door to door
b : one who deals in or promotes something intangible (such as a personal asset or an idea) influence peddlers

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Examples of peddler in a Sentence

the peddler on the street corner selling baseball caps
Recent Examples on the Web Fox — a 31-year-old socialite, artist, clothing designer, and former dominatrix and Playboy model — made her acting debut as the mistress of Adam Sandler's sleazy jewel peddler in the 2019 film Uncut Gems. Grayson Quay, The Week, 3 Jan. 2022 The Braves T-shirt peddler returned to his customer, eager to make a sale, until a second explosion grabbed his attention. John Spink, ajc, 4 Nov. 2021 The father, too, has complex attitudes towards the fruit-peddler. Suketu Mehta, Time, 17 Sep. 2021 In early March this year, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel aired a skit with Sacha Baron-Cohen portraying himself as an unauthorized peddler of Covid vaccines, suggesting the issues that lay ahead in ensuring strict quality control. Muhammad H. Zaman, STAT, 26 Oct. 2021 Professor Henry Higgins attempts to give Cockney flower-peddler Eliza Doolittle the mother of all makeovers in the Lincoln Center production of this classic Lerner & Loewe musical. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Alex Jones, the peddler of baseless, far-right conspiracy theories, was found liable for damages in three lawsuits surrounding his false claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting was a hoax., 1 Oct. 2021 So, the city might create a task force involving fireworks, and also look at additional ways to get enforcement from the neighborhoods, similar to how the city enforces peddler complaints. Steve Lord,, 10 Sep. 2021 People mentioned in the report include Mike Lindell, the MyPillow creator-turned-conspiracy peddler; lawyer Matthew DePerno, who unsuccessfully sued the county on behalf of a resident, and ex-state Sen. Patrick Colbeck. David Eggert, Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of peddler

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2022

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“Peddler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of peddler

: someone who sells things in small amounts often by traveling to different places : a person who peddles something
: a person who sells illegal drugs


variants: also pedlar \ ˈped-​lər \

Kids Definition of peddler

: someone who goes about trying to sell things

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