ped·​dle | \ ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce peddle (audio) \
peddled; peddling\ ˈped-​liŋ How to pronounce peddling (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 The bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as the fisherman Jake, Clara’s husband, and the tenor Frederick Ballentine, as the jaded, dope-peddling Sportin’ Life, could not have been better. New York Times, "Review: A Splendid ‘Porgy and Bess’ Opens the Met Opera Season," 24 Sep. 2019 Ben Mee's header across goal forced a back-peddling save on the line from Rui Patricio, but after his parry hit Ryan Bennett in the midriff, goal-line technology was required before the referee definitively ruled no-goal., "Wolves 1-1 Burnley: Report, Ratings and Reaction as Late Penalty Earns Wanderers a Point," 25 Aug. 2019 That’s because fiber’s benefits are a lot more complicated than our prune-peddling moms and grandmothers appreciated. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Nearly all Americans fail to eat enough of this actual superfood," 15 July 2019 But the documents were forgeries, and Lawrence X. Cusack, one of the men who peddled them to Hersh, was eventually sentenced to ten years in prison for fraud. Scott Sherman, The New York Review of Books, "A Muckraker’s Progress," 17 June 2019 But the bill’s supporters have alleged that some doctors are peddling unnecessary exemptions. Los Angeles Times, "California vaccine bill supporters and critics are baffled by Newsom’s sudden changes," 5 Sep. 2019 Museums organize shows on the topic, while auction houses peddle the work of former outlaws for high dollars. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "For Denver, Crush Walls is a street art fest. For street artists, it’s a show of real respect.," 1 Sep. 2019 Federal prosecutors have indicted 90 individuals on gun and drug charges in Baltimore in the past month alone, accusing them of peddling huge amounts of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine as part of underworld drug crews spurring violence across the city. Jessica Anderson,, "Federal prosecutors indict 90 members of alleged drug crews in effort to stem Baltimore violence," 1 Aug. 2019 After a series of scandals, starting with accusations of influence-peddling against her son, Ms. Bachelet quickly redeemed herself. The Christian Science Monitor, "Turning around Puerto Rico’s woes," 24 July 2019

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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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of peddle was in 1532

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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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