- trifling; paltry; piddling.
Origin of peddling
- 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
Examples from the Web for peddling
By WWII, Lemkin had been peddling his ideas on genocide for more than a decade.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
Former sport stars who joined the high-stakes game of peddling illegal substances are winners no more.From Frat Boys to Criminals: Two College Elites' Scarface Dreams
April 27, 2014
The show has been accused of peddling the kind of tawdry sentiment that has driven the inhabitants of Detroit to distraction.The Art of Urban Destruction
March 6, 2014
Now, Larson is peddling his ancient wares with 21st-century technology: namely, Skype.My $295 Skype Exorcism
February 6, 2014
If, as officials suggest, Favaro has been peddling skulls from the Congo, it is unclear when he began the practice.Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade
January 26, 2014
To be sure, peddling in the good old days was most attractive.
I reminded him of his saying once, ‘Peddling is a healthy and profitable business.’
I believe I had as much right to exaggerate in peddling as I had in writing verse.
It looked like paltering and peddling, like sale and barter.
You forget that I am a peddling attorney myself, made so by your own wishes, monsieur.Scaramouche
- 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
Word Origin and History for peddling
"to retail," 1837 in modern use, a colloquial back-formation from peddler. Related: Peddled; peddling.