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peddling

[ped-ling] /ˈpɛd lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
trifling; paltry; piddling.
Origin
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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Examples for peddling
  • We did everything ourselves, from stapling the pages together to peddling them to bookshops.
  • Health experts regularly lambast them for peddling food that makes people fat.
  • Most big media outlets have murky ownership, leaving their journalists vulnerable to outside pressure and influence-peddling.
  • With drug-peddling margins so tight, the gangs are looking to other revenue sources.
  • The garrisons persist, but the gangs have turned to peddling drugs.
  • Food companies peddling fattening grub are suffering.
  • And there are plenty of examples of right-wingers peddling nutty tales.
  • He made a fortune out of a combination of property development and influence-peddling.
  • In the meantime, tobacco-peddling continues to be a money-spinner.
  • Many dealers are unwilling to risk large sums of money when so many people are now peddling fake beans.
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
"to retail," 1837, colloquial back formation from peddler.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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