peddle

verb
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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Synonyms for peddle

Synonyms

hawk

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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 president and his enablers are once again peddling unfounded conspiracy theories to mislead the American people. Fox News, "George Papadopoulos on what he wants the American people to know," 12 Sep. 2018 These were deals in which Goldman used its balance sheet to purchase chunks of stock to profitably peddle off to clients. Hugh Son, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street’s Big Banks Are Waging an All-Out Technological Arms Race," 5 Apr. 2018 As a result, videos peddling conspiracy theories — especially bigoted conspiracy theories — get amplified on YouTube. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 And by the way, the bankers are all peddling this right now, anyway. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Redef CEO Jason Hirschhorn returns to Recode Media with Peter Kafka," 23 Aug. 2018 In reality, Melania — an immigrant herself — is peddling the same mistruths and mischaracterizations as her husband. refinery29.com, "Don't Praise Melania Trump For Talking About Family Separations At The Border," 18 June 2018 The President has been peddling a conspiracy theory that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for May 24: Justice Dept., Ireland abortion vote, ebola, NFL anthem protests," 24 May 2018 In a far corner, McDonalds had a ginormous stall, peddling Big Macs to many of the tens of thousands (Tens. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "I Witnessed the Future of Retail. I Didn’t Like What I Saw," 9 Nov. 2018 In a recent study on recommendations to pregnant women at Colorado cannabis dispensaries, researchers found the majority (69 percent) peddled products to treat morning sickness, and 36 percent told women the drug is safe to use in pregnancy. Julia Belluz, Vox, "More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s safe.," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of peddle was in 1532

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peddle

verb

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)

peddle

verb
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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