[ hohl-sey-ling ]
/ ˈhoʊlˌseɪ lɪŋ /


the business of selling to retailers, especially in large quantities (distinguished from retailing).

Nearby words

  1. wholemeal,
  2. wholeness,
  3. wholesale,
  4. wholesale price index,
  5. wholesaler,
  6. wholesome,
  7. wholesomely,
  8. wholetime,
  9. wholewheat,
  10. wholism

Origin of wholesaling

First recorded in 1790–1800; wholesale + -ing1

Origin of wholesale

1375–1425; late Middle English, from the phrase by hole sale in gross; see whole, sale

Related formswhole·sal·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for wholesaling

  • Each Forest is going to be a big and complicated business, like railroading or wholesaling.

    The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for wholesaling
Derived Formswholesaler, noun

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Word Origin and History for wholesaling


early 15c., "in large quantities," from whole + sale; the general sense of "extensive" is attested from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for wholesaling


The sale of merchandise to retailers rather than directly to the public.

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