ped·​dle | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce peddle (audio) \
peddled; peddling\ ˈped-​liŋ How to pronounce peddle (audio) , ˈpe-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of peddle

intransitive verb

1 : to travel about with wares for sale broadly : sell peddling without a license
2 : to be busy with trifles : piddle

transitive verb

1 : to sell or offer for sale from place to place : hawk broadly : sell They peddled fruits and vegetables from a truck on the side of the road.
2 : to deal out or seek to disseminate peddling personal advice— G. F. Kennan
3 : to offer or promote as valuable peddled snake oils and miracle lotions

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Examples of peddle in a Sentence

They peddled fruits and vegetables out of their truck on the side of the road. He peddled his idea for a new movie to every executive in Hollywood. The mayor's aides tried to peddle his innocence to reporters.
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Recent Examples on the Web Also abhorrent, though, is how QAnon is exploiting people's genuine concerns about the issue to peddle a false narrative. Donie O'sullivan Video By Gabe Ramirez, CNN, "Analysis: A CNN reporter went to two different QAnon events. Here's what he found," 19 Oct. 2020 In a longshot bid to overturn the results of the November election won by President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani continued to peddle baseless conspiracy theories of election fraud Wednesday. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Trump, Giuliani continue to peddle baseless election conspiracies about Michigan," 3 Dec. 2020 Amiri and Rhude, two rising Los Angeles fashion labels, peddle truckers at $290 and $165, respectively. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Trucker Hats: A Questionable 2000s Fashion Trend Returns," 23 Nov. 2020 Colorado’s Last Dollar Ranch—whose picturesque vistas have been used over the decades to peddle Marlboro cigarettes and Budweiser beer—has sold for just under $17 million, according to people with knowledge of the transaction. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Rod Lewis Sells Last Dollar Ranch for $17 Million," 20 Nov. 2020 Anyone who prefers to peddle in misinformation for their own personal agenda needs to work with Governor Beshear, not against Kentuckians. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky politicians react to Gov. Andy Beshear's new COVID-19 restrictions," 18 Nov. 2020 Prior to the Spotify deal, Rogan courted controversy for inviting personalities such as Jones, who appeared in episodes in 2017 and 2019, to peddle conspiracy theories to his massive audience. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "'The Joe Rogan Experience,' a podcast that has sparked outrage, is a huge hit for Spotify," 29 Oct. 2020 After a slowdown in sales early in the pandemic, an increasing number of investors have decided to peddle their properties. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Fort Worth’s tallest skyscraper is up for grabs," 14 Oct. 2020 Vaccine misinformation has taken an increasingly strong foothold in those spaces in recent months, with some individuals using them to peddle and profit from falsehoods while flying under the radar of policies designed to police advertisements. Erin Brodwin, STAT, "Facebook rolls out a new vaccine misinformation policy — but leaves out pages where falsehoods thrive," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of peddle

1532, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for peddle

back-formation from peddler, from Middle English pedlere, alteration of pedder peddler

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The first known use of peddle was in 1532

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24 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Peddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peddle

: to sell (something) usually in small amounts and often by traveling to different places
: to try to get people to accept or believe (something)


ped·​dle | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce peddle (audio) \
peddled; peddling

Kids Definition of peddle

: to go about especially from house to house with goods for sale

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