- 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
The pedler, it must be acknowledged, had a thoroughly countrified appearance.
"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.
He had not yet apparently noticed the pedler's cart, so that this was in our hero's favor.
"Yes, Boney's got a keen scent for provisions," laughed the pedler.
- 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 and History for pedler
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.