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[ ped-l ]

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.

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.


/ ˈpɛdəl /


  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 importunately

    to peddle a new philosophy

  4. archaic.
    intr to trifle

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Other Words From

  • re·peddle verb (used with object) repeddled repeddling
  • un·peddled adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of peddle1

First recorded in 1525–35; apparently back formation from peddler; peddle indef 5, reinforced by piddle
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Word History and Origins

Origin of peddle1

C16: back formation from pedlar
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Example Sentences

As Mayor Kevin Faulconer eyes a bid for governor, he’s peddling his approach to homelessness in a state grappling with its homeless crisis.

Sean Reynolds, a YouTuber, gamer and entrepreneur, was the owner and operator of three websites and affiliated Facebook pages that peddled in misinformation, predominantly in Spanish.

Lowery said she left after she grew frustrated with what she called “clickbait” peddled by the right-wing site.

Place each foot in one of the cord loops and move your feet back and forth like you’re peddling a bike.

Despite Oportun decreasing its interest rates with each refinance — compared with payday lenders that peddle short-term, single-payment loans with APRs that can top 400% — they are still high.

Whitehouse noted that Inhofe charged that government agencies had been “colluding” to peddle climate-change threats.

Two new films about high-school football peddle the same old toxic myths of masculinity.

But in Iran, such people operate in the highest echelons of the state and can peddle their prejudice on state television.

Then, in May, news broke that somebody was trying to peddle a video of Rob Ford smoking crack.

But chalk it up also to the lies used to peddle the last war.

Engel probably had gone upstairs to try and peddle one of his efficiency schemes to some big shot.

What we want to do is to take all that stuff up to Wampoag, in this old boat of yours, and peddle them at the big hotels.

I dont think its nice or lady-like to peddle things from door to door, said Nataly stubbornly.

The pretty peasant girls peddle necklaces made of shells and oranges, in the streets of Acapulco, on steamer days.

The Tractarians met with the usual fortune of those who peddle new ideas.


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