- to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.
- to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities: to peddle radical ideas.
- to sell (drugs) illicitly.
- to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.
- to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.
Origin of peddle
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Examples from the Web for peddle
Whitehouse noted that Inhofe charged that government agencies had been “colluding” to peddle climate-change threats.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
November 4, 2014
But in Iran, such people operate in the highest echelons of the state and can peddle their prejudice on state television.Iran Cleric: Jews Use Sorcery to Spy
July 5, 2014
Then, in May, news broke that somebody was trying to peddle a video of Rob Ford smoking crack.Rob Ford’s Web of Criminal Friends
November 22, 2013
But chalk it up also to the lies used to peddle the last war.If We Stay Out of Syria, Assad Has Bush to Thank
September 4, 2013
It also helps those who peddle it, because it makes them notorious and helps them sell their wares.Why the Rush to Sell Gold Coins is Drowning Out Real Critiques of Obama
April 1, 2013
I shouldnt like to see the man intoxicated, sir, said Peddle.
Peddle looked at the happy Phineas with the eyes of experience.
And Peddle, unaccustomed to the vernacular of the British Army, paled with horror.
I wonder if I shall be able to live up to Peddle, said Doggie.
About whats going to happen to you and Mrs. Peddle, dont worry a bit.
- to go from place to place selling (goods, esp small articles)
- (tr) to sell (illegal drugs, esp narcotics)
- (tr) to advocate (ideas) persistently or importunatelyto peddle a new philosophy
- (intr) archaic to trifle
C16: back formation from pedlar
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Word Origin and History for peddle
"to retail," 1837 in modern use, a colloquial back-formation from peddler. Related: Peddled; peddling.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper