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peddle

[ ped-l ]
/ ˈpɛd l /
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verb (used with object), ped·dled, ped·dling.

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.

verb (used without object), ped·dled, ped·dling.

to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.
to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.

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Origin of peddle

First recorded in 1525–35; apparently back formation from peddler; in def. 5, reinforced by piddle

OTHER WORDS FROM peddle

re·ped·dle, verb (used with object), re·ped·dled, re·ped·dling.un·ped·dled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peddle

pedal, peddle , petal
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British Dictionary definitions for peddle

peddle
/ (ˈpɛdəl) /

verb

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 for peddle

C16: back formation from pedlar
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