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peddling

[ped-ling] /ˈpɛd lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
trifling; paltry; piddling.
Origin of peddling
1590-1600
1590-1600; peddle + -ing2
Related forms
peddlingly, adverb

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
1525-35; 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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  • If I tell him that Joe is gone,” ran my foolish thought, “he will understand that I am peddling melons.

  • To be sure, peddling in the good old days was most attractive.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • He took to peddling with a one-horse wagon, as a business that would keep him in the open air and not tax his strength too much.

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  • I believe I had as much right to exaggerate in peddling as I had in writing verse.

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  • Ben King was writing his quiet verse and peddling it around.

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British Dictionary definitions for peddling

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 peddling

peddle

v.

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

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