ped·​dle | \ˈpe-dᵊl \
peddled; peddling\ˈped-​liŋ, 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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The vision of San Antonio being peddled by developers—that of an emerging tech center anchoring a blossoming downtown—runs into hard truths when considered with the the entire city in mind. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, meanwhile, has been peddling falsehoods about the role his country has been playing in the war in Yemen. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "The Real Horror Of the Trump Doctrine: There Is No Method to the Madness," 15 May 2018 In August the company removed 652 Russian and Iranian pages and accounts that were peddling misinformation. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Facebook Removes More Accounts Tied to Iran," 26 Oct. 2018 Doctors and clinics that peddle unproven, potentially harmful treatments to desperate cancer patients are pocketing millions thanks to donations collected on popular crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Crowdfunding raises millions for quack cancer remedies, like coffee enemas," 20 Sep. 2018 Rihanna is more than just another celebrity peddling fashion items. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 Last week, for example, Facebook was broadly attacked by the media for defending InfoWars, the far-right site run by Alex Jones that often peddles conspiracy theories and inaccurate information. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Media — both on the left and right — are pressing Facebook to define what journalism is," 17 July 2018 Mr Kurz brought far-right ideas into the Austrian mainstream to keep the parties that originally peddled them away from the top table. The Economist, "Europe is moving towards the tough immigration policies of Sebastian Kurz," 5 July 2018 On the Paris runways, labels like Balenciaga and Acne Studios show gangly sweaters with drooping sleeves and haphazard necklines, while Margiela is peddling distressed sneakers that appear to have been run over by a truck and glued back together. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Are Male Celebrities Dressing Like Such Slobs?," 27 Aug. 2018

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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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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 \
peddled; peddling

Kids Definition of peddle

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

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