- 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 pedler
Historical Examples of pedler
The pedler, it must be acknowledged, had a thoroughly countrified appearance.
"Yes, Boney's got a keen scent for provisions," laughed the pedler.
"It's about time to bait, I calc'late," remarked the pedler.
"I don't believe you could," said the pedler, shaking his head in comic indignation.
It must not be supposed that the pedler neglected his business on account of his companion.
- a person who sells illegal drugs, esp narcotics
- the usual US spelling of pedlar
esp US peddler or pedler (ˈpɛdlə)
- a person who peddles; hawker
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.