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 Vendors peddle a mix of foods, beer, crafts, clothes and other goods from inside small wooden huts. Sameer Rao,, "Baltimore’s Inner Harbor transforms into German-inspired Christmas village, complete with biergarten, for holiday shopping," 23 Nov. 2019 Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, peddled falsehoods from Lutsenko to smear the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. CBS News, "This round of impeachment hearings is over. What did we learn, and what happens next?," 23 Nov. 2019 None of the small biotech CEOs is peddling pricey drugs — in fact, none of them even has a drug of their own on the market. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "It’s tiny biotechs — not big drug makers — that fear ‘nuclear winter’ from Pelosi’s drug pricing bill," 12 Nov. 2019 To be sure, that’s a petty, trifling point of view, but the sports world peddles in that stuff at every level. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Questions remain for UAB. Are these paper dragons?," 25 Sep. 2019 Boutiques like Mohawk General Store and Union Los Angeles (both run by ex-New Yorkers) have long peddled a curious blend of Japanese brands and European high fashion. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Los Angeles Is a Fashion Wasteland. Can One Store Change That?," 5 Nov. 2018 Yet Fox News and its media children continued to peddle a story in perfect coordination with House Republicans and the President,’’ Gowen said. Washington Post,, "Ex-congressional IT staffer’s plea deal debunks conspiracy theories Trump, others promoted," 4 July 2018 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

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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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Peddle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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