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peddle

[ped-l] /ˈpɛd l/
verb (used with object), peddled, peddling.
1.
to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.
2.
to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities:
to peddle radical ideas.
3.
to sell (drugs) illicitly.
verb (used without object), peddled, peddling.
4.
to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.
5.
to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.
Origin
1525-1535
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for peddles

peddle

/ˈpɛdəl/
verb
1.
to go from place to place selling (goods, esp small articles)
2.
(transitive) to sell (illegal drugs, esp narcotics)
3.
(transitive) to advocate (ideas) persistently or importunately: to peddle a new philosophy
4.
(intransitive) (archaic) to trifle
Word Origin
C16: back formation from pedlar
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Word Origin and History for peddles

peddle

v.

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

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