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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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 Meanwhile on social media, those two fast-food poultry peddlers have been much closer of late. Matt Wake |, al, "Chick-fil-A vs. Popeyes: The sandwich showdown," 21 Aug. 2019 Moroccan peddlers trudged through hot sand, their backs to their home, just across the sea. Longreads, "An Ocean Away From the Sanctuary of Manhattan, Signs of Peaceful Coexistence," 29 July 2019 Today, vintage Good Humor trucks can be found across the country, in operation by other nostalgia peddlers or waiting in dealers’ barns. Ron Hurtibise,, "With much Good Humor, vintage ice cream trucks serve nostalgia on a stick," 4 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 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 Smut peddlers had always stumbled into fights over obscenity, but Flynt became an accidental champion of the First Amendment by carrying a fight over his Hustler magazine to the U.S. Supreme Court. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 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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