ped·​dler | \ˈped-lər \
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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Synonyms for peddler


hawker, huckster

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Examples of peddler in a Sentence

the peddler on the street corner selling baseball caps

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For the study, authors Hunt Allcott, Matthew Getzkow, and Chuan Yu assembled a list of 570 sites that had been identified as peddlers of false stories in previous stories. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook beats Twitter at fighting fake news, a new study found," 15 Sep. 2018 He's referred to throughout the show as a Persian peddler. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "This Revival of Oklahoma! Is the Hottest Ticket in New York City," 30 Oct. 2018 The custom for most rural Americans was to buy from local merchants or the occasional wandering peddler. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Country Living, "The Lost Charm of Mail-Order Catalogs In America," 25 Oct. 2016 In court documents, Minkler alleges that Burkhart was a greedy, remorseless peddler of corruption who infected those around him. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Feds want former CEO of American Senior Communities to serve more than 12 years," 22 June 2018 The incident took place at the square surrounding the Kiepenkerl statue, a city landmark that commemorates a traveling peddler. The Washington Post,, "Van plows into crowd in northern German city of Munster, killing at least 3," 7 Apr. 2018 The incident took place at the square surrounding the Kiepenkerl statue, a city landmark that commemorates a traveling peddler. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Van plows into crowd in northern German city of Münster, killing at least 3," 7 Apr. 2018 On his mother’s side, Kelly’s great-grandfathers worked as a wagon driver and fruit peddler, according to Mendelsohn. Philip Bump,, "Immigration crucial part of Kelly’s family history," 12 May 2018 Preaching black supremacist ideas and mystical Islam, the ex-con and street peddler also claimed to be a descendant of the prophet Mohammed and a member of the Sudanese royal family. Christine Pelisek,, "The Story Behind a Black Supremacist Cult That Lived in Egyptian-Themed Compound in Rural Georgia," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of peddler

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peddler was in the 14th century

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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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