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peddle

[ped-l]
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verb (used with object), ped·dled, ped·dling.
  1. to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.
  2. to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities: to peddle radical ideas.
  3. to sell (drugs) illicitly.
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verb (used without object), ped·dled, ped·dling.
  1. to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.
  2. to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.
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Origin of peddle

1525–35; apparently back formation from peddler; in def. 4, reinforced by piddle
Related formsre·ped·dle, verb (used with object), re·ped·dled, re·ped·dling.un·ped·dled, adjective
Can be confusedpedal peddle petal
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  • I shouldnt like to see the man intoxicated, sir, said Peddle.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • Peddle looked at the happy Phineas with the eyes of experience.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • And Peddle, unaccustomed to the vernacular of the British Army, paled with horror.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • I wonder if I shall be able to live up to Peddle, said Doggie.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • About whats going to happen to you and Mrs. Peddle, dont worry a bit.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke


British Dictionary definitions for peddle

peddle

verb
  1. to go from place to place selling (goods, esp small articles)
  2. (tr) to sell (illegal drugs, esp narcotics)
  3. (tr) to advocate (ideas) persistently or importunatelyto peddle a new philosophy
  4. (intr) archaic to trifle
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Word Origin

C16: back formation from pedlar
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Word Origin and History for peddle

v.

"to retail," 1837 in modern use, a colloquial back-formation from peddler. Related: Peddled; peddling.

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