Origin of peddler
Examples from the Web for pedlar
Judging from his name, "twists and needles," he or his father was probably a pedlar (Layard's edition of "Kugler," i. 334).
An unworthy merchant is a kind of pedlar, who (with the help of a broker) gets more by his wit than by his honesty.
The pedlar named the price, and Leonora took the box; she intended to give it to little Louisa.The Bracelets|Maria Edgeworth
In these letters I do not intend to mistake a pedlar for a mountaineer, nor a hearthstone for a granite peak.The Glory of English Prose|Stephen Coleridge
Disqualified by his imperfect vision from engaging in manual labour, he chose the business of pedlar or travelling merchant.
esp US peddler or pedler (ˈpɛdlə)
Word Origin 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.