- a person who sells from door to door or in the street.
- a person who tries to promote some cause, candidate, viewpoint, etc.
Origin of peddler
Examples from the Web for pedlar
Historical Examples of pedlar
The whole company, especially she herself, started at this offer of the pedlar's.
As to the pedlar, she ordered him to be made as welcome as possible by her servants.
She ordered the pedlar to be called, who recounted his story as he had done before.
There was a pedlar's box beside him; I thought I knew the box.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
So at Alexandria, every pedlar was the one honest follower of his craft.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
esp US peddler or pedler (ˈpɛdlə)
- a person who peddles; hawker
Word Origin for pedlar
- a person who sells illegal drugs, esp narcotics
- the usual US spelling of pedlar
Word Origin and History for pedlar
late 14c. (c.1300 as a surname, Will. Le Pedelare), from peoddere, peddere (c.1200, mid-12c. as a surname), of unknown origin. It has the appearance of an agent noun, but no corresponding verb is attested in Middle English. Perhaps a diminutive of ped "panier, basket," also of unknown origin, but this is attested only from late 14c. Pedlar, preferred spelling in U.K., is attested from late 14c.