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[ped-l] /ˈpɛd l/
verb (used with object), peddled, peddling.
to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.
to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities:
to peddle radical ideas.
to sell (drugs) illicitly.
verb (used without object), peddled, peddling.
to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.
to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.
Origin of peddle
1525-35; apparently back formation from peddler; in def. 4, reinforced by piddle
Related forms
repeddle, verb (used with object), repeddled, repeddling.
unpeddled, adjective
Can be confused
pedal, peddle, petal. Unabridged
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  • When peddle woke him, he lay drowsily while the old butler filled his bath and fiddled about with drawers.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • I shouldnt like to see the man intoxicated, sir, said peddle.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • peddle looked at the happy Phineas with the eyes of experience.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • I wonder if I shall be able to live up to peddle, said Doggie.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Sort into two classes—cider, and selling; peddle my best apples, and make cider of the second and third grades.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for peddle


to go from place to place selling (goods, esp small articles)
(transitive) to sell (illegal drugs, esp narcotics)
(transitive) to advocate (ideas) persistently or importunately: to peddle a new philosophy
(intransitive) (archaic) to trifle
Word Origin
C16: back formation from pedlar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peddle

"to retail," 1837 in modern use, a colloquial back-formation from peddler. Related: Peddled; peddling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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