pedler

peddler

[ped-ler]
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.
Also, pedlar, pedler.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English pedlere, unexplained variant of peder, derivative of ped(de) basket

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pedlar

[ped-ler]
noun
Also, pedler.
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peddler (ˈpɛdlə)
 
n
1.  a person who sells illegal drugs, esp narcotics
2.  the usual US spelling of pedlar

pedlar, esp (US) peddler or esp (US) pedler (ˈpɛdlə)
 
n
a person who peddles; hawker
 
[C14: changed from peder, from ped, pedde basket, of obscure origin]
 
peddler, esp (US) peddler or esp (US) pedler
 
n
 
[C14: changed from peder, from ped, pedde basket, of obscure origin]
 
pedler, esp (US) peddler or esp (US) pedler
 
n
 
[C14: changed from peder, from ped, pedde basket, of obscure origin]

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peddler
early 13c., from peoddere, peddere, of unknown origin. Pedlar, preferred spelling in U.K., is attested from late 14c. It has the appearance of an agent noun, but no verb is attested in M.E. Perhaps a dim. of ped "panier, basket," also of unknown origin, but this is only attested from late 14c.
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