ped·​dler | \ ˈped-lər How to pronounce peddler (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pedlar

Definition of peddler

: one who peddles: such as
a : one who offers merchandise (such as fresh produce) for sale along the street or from door to door
b : one who deals in or promotes something intangible (such as a personal asset or an idea) influence peddlers

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Examples of peddler in a Sentence

the peddler on the street corner selling baseball caps
Recent Examples on the Web That has lobbyists and influence peddlers pressing for some of the money, the NYT’s Ken Vogel writes. New York Times, "A Failure of Policy and Planning," 30 Mar. 2020 The social media site maintains it’s trying to clean up thedisinformation and shenanigans, but questionable schemes run rampant and influence peddlers often hide their identities. Jeremy B. Merrill, Quartz, "Help Quartz track political influence on Facebook with this browser extension," 16 Apr. 2020 Fenn’s treasure, named for art and forgery peddler Forrest Fenn, is supposed to be hidden in the mountains somewhere in the southwestern United States. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Fifth Person Dies Searching for Rumored Treasure in the Rocky Mountains," 31 Mar. 2020 The corner drug peddlers and prostitutes are all but gone. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio pastor ministers to those in need at East Side church," 16 Mar. 2020 The pornography peddlers that flourished in the ’70s and ’80s fought censorship in a series of lawsuits that relaxed Oregon’s obscenity laws. Katie Shepherd,, "Last erotic theater closes in Portland, Ore., where ‘porn palaces’ once transformed city," 7 Mar. 2020 Jade peddlers camped out in one empty parking lot, spreading green and yellow stones across the ground. Philip Wen, WSJ, "‘Admit Your Mistakes, Repent’: China Shifts Campaign to Control Xinjiang’s Muslims," 6 Feb. 2020 In the streets, peddlers pushing carts sell the hot, milky drink traditionally made from ground orchid tubers. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "For Many U.S. Turks, Salep Is Beloved but Elusive," 4 Feb. 2020 Disinformation peddlers also tinker with images and audio. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook disinformation in the 2020 presidential election: What you can do to stop its spread," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of peddler

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2020

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“Peddler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of peddler

US : someone who sells things in small amounts often by traveling to different places : a person who peddles something
: a person who sells illegal drugs


variants: also pedlar \ ˈped-​lər \

Kids Definition of peddler

: someone who goes about trying to sell things

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