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pedlar

or pedler

[ped-ler] /ˈpɛd lər/
noun
1.

peddler

or pedlar, pedler

[ped-ler] /ˈpɛd lər/
noun
1.
a person who sells from door to door or in the street.
2.
a person who tries to promote some cause, candidate, viewpoint, etc.
Origin of peddler
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pedlere, unexplained variant of peder, derivative of ped(de) basket
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Examples from the Web for pedlar
Historical Examples
  • There was a pedlar's box beside him; I thought I knew the box.

  • You look like some sort of shopkeeper, or pedlar, or a retired servant.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • The pedlar, who was by no means pleased with this outrage against his cur, now interfered.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • A pedlar went trotting across the road with a tray, and we laughed.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
  • Do you remember an Italian pedlar who was here the other day?

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • So the two dogs stood staring at him; but the pedlar was too cunning for them.

    Wonder-Box Tales Jean Ingelow
  • Did Sir Henry Clinton know the pedlar had communion with me, the miserable man would be sacrificed at once.

    The Worlds Greatest Books Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • Lady (to pedlar): "No, thank you, we never buy anything at the door."

  • In orderly formation the party set off to the place where the pedlar had left his cart.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • As to the pedlar, she ordered him to be made as welcome as possible by her servants.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
British Dictionary definitions for pedlar

pedlar

/ˈpɛdlə/
noun
1.
a person who peddles; hawker
Word Origin
C14: changed from peder, from ped, pedde basket, of obscure origin

peddler

/ˈpɛdlə/
noun
1.
a person who sells illegal drugs, esp narcotics
2.
the usual US spelling of pedlar
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Word Origin and History for pedlar

peddler

n.

late 14c. (c.1300 as a surname, Will. Le Pedelare), from peoddere, peddere (c.1200, mid-12c. as a surname), of unknown origin. It has the appearance of an agent noun, but no corresponding verb is attested in Middle English. Perhaps a diminutive of ped "panier, basket," also of unknown origin, but this is attested only from late 14c. Pedlar, preferred spelling in U.K., is attested from late 14c.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pedlar

peddler

noun

A narcotics seller; dealer (1929+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

ass peddler, flesh-peddler, pill-pusher

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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