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 Then, there was Guilia Toffana, the infamous poison peddler behind the death of some 600 people, including two popes and countless husbands. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 The unwanted monkeys in his backyard pitch in to help the peddler out of a jam. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 disruption could bring time to progress, start something new," 26 Sep. 2020 As the story continues, the peddler falls on hard times. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 disruption could bring time to progress, start something new," 26 Sep. 2020 Forgo your favorite mall, internet peddler and local eatery. Steven Belton, Star Tribune, "White people who want to help should take small steps — but take them right now," 3 Aug. 2020 In the middle of that rant in April, Gundy touted his viewership of OAN, which is known as a favorite news outlet of President Trump and peddler of absurd conspiracy theories. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 'It's about way more than football.' Oklahoma St. uprising isn't just about Mike Gundy's T-shirt," 15 June 2020 One prominent peddler of covid-19 myths, according to NewsGuard, which vets sites for accuracy, is @OrganicLife, whose tweets combine vegan nut-milk recipes with paranoia about 5G transmitters. The Economist, "Return of the paranoid style Fake news is fooling more conservatives than liberals. Why?," 3 June 2020 It was initially pushed by anti-vaccination disinformation peddlers, and then picked up steam when it was promoted by minor celebrities. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "4th relative charged in death of Michigan guard enforcing mask rule," 9 May 2020 Like numerous other retailers, the peddler of preppy classics has seen its business suffer during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Don’t blame J.Crew’s bankruptcy on Covid-19," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of peddler

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Peddler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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