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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Authorities pegged him as a gun peddler and small-time marijuana dealer. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jordan Fricke to raise self-defense in trial over killing police officer during raid," 8 July 2019 Many cities require door-to-door salespeople to have a peddler or solicitor license. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: When door-to-door salespeople come a-knockin’," 16 June 2019 Police determined that the truck was indeed selling ice cream and the vendor had a proper and current peddler's permit. Thomas Jewell,, "Dump truck in ‘up’ position takes out utility lines: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 14 June 2019 Support for the measure grew after two girls from Overton, Texas, had their lemonade stand shut down for lack of peddlers' permit in 2015. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Texas officially legalizes kids' lemonade stands," 12 June 2019 In 2015, police in the East Texas town of Overton shuttered a lemonade stand run by two sisters because the pair lacked a $150 peddlers' permit. Fox News, "Texas governor bill legalizing kids' lemonade stands," 12 June 2019 That reduces the likelihood that followers of conspiracy peddlers like Jones will be recruited into his hoax and begin harassing victims. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Three ways YouTube could fight harassment," 6 June 2019 Do peddlers of disinformation contribute or detract from our health as a society? Jason Rezaian, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The State Department has been funding trolls. I’m one of their targets.," 4 June 2019 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

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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

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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