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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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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From a US Census record, Mendelsohn learned that John DeMarco, the fruit peddler, still didn’t fully speak English after more than a decade in the country. Philip Bump,, "Immigration crucial part of Kelly’s family history," 12 May 2018 Combating the drug-abuse crisis has been a top priority for Mr. Sessions, who has taken aim at doctors who negligently overprescribe addictive painkillers, as well as online pill peddlers and drug-trafficking gangs. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Calls On Justice Department to Sue Opioid Companies," 16 Aug. 2018 Many of the dead appear from news accounts to be small-time addicts and peddlers killed in cities and far corners of the country, sometimes accused of carrying small stashes of drugs and light weapons. Shashank Bengali,, "Asia's newest drug war leaves more than 90 people dead in less than two weeks," 27 May 2018 Months before critics revisited Facebook’s embrace of Holocaust deniers and other conspiracy peddlers, YouTube faced similar pressures. Casey Newton, The Verge, "What YouTube could teach Facebook about conspiracies," 24 July 2018 Another master of Middle East affairs, the late literary critic Edward W. Said, described Dr. Lewis as a peddler of old-school dictums about the need for a strong guiding hand with the region. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Bernard Lewis, eminent historian of the Middle East, dies at 101," 19 May 2018 Rose was a peddler of entertainment, a salesman rather than a visionary. Ethan Mordden, WSJ, "‘Not Bad for Delancey Street’ Review: No Theater Was Big Enough," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of peddler

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peddler

US : 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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