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 The weather peddler claims to have found buyers for his technology, although none of have gone on the record with verifiable claims. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Guy Says He Can Enter Wormholes and Literally Make It Rain, Which, Hmm," 24 Oct. 2019 This exhibition by the Jewish Museum of Maryland tells the stories of generations of scrap entrepreneurs, beginning with Jewish and Italian peddlers who built the industry. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 Michael Grammer is sweet-voiced and stolid as the dignified Captain Corcoran, and Sonia Gariaeff displays impish charm as peddler Little Buttercup. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Lamplighters sails G&S’ ‘Pinafore’ with an assured hand," 13 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the peddlers of the Piñata District have created one of the most tantalizing spaces in the city, with some intriguing characters. Los Angeles Times, "In the Piñata District, a street food market is a theater that overwhelms the senses," 18 July 2019 Among the most prominent peddlers of misinformation on social media, experts say, is President Donald Trump. Time, "Conspiracy Theories Can Have Dangerous Consequences. Here’s Why Experts Say We Cannot Ignore Them," 15 Aug. 2019 And yet conservative institutions, like Fox News and the Republican Party itself, have spun off into dedicated peddlers of misinformation. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 For decades, the NRA, Republican politicians, and fear-mongers and hate-peddlers on cable-TV tried to convince America that the only way to keep themselves safe — from criminals, and our own government — was to amass a personal arsenal of firearms. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: Why can’t we do anything about El Paso and Dayton? Politicians like Sen. Cory Gardner," 11 Aug. 2019 And no influence peddler’s circuit is complete without a stop at TED, the then-exclusive, now-ubiquitous conference at which Brockman was a stalwart, and on the lookout for new clients. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Power of Networks," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of peddler

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2019

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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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