- Peddle is to go from place to place selling something, or to spread an idea.
- When you set up a stand at a county fair and try to sell homemade jewelry to passersby, this is an example of a time when you try to peddle your jewelry.
- When you try to sell the idea of universal health care to the public, this is an example of a time when you try to peddle the idea.
A man peddles baskets on the beach.
intransitive verbpeddled, peddling
- to go from place to place selling small articles
Origin of peddleinfl. by piddle to spend time on trifles; piddle
Origin of peddleback-formation ; from peddler
- to carry from place to place and offer for sale
- to deal out or circulate (gossip, ideas, etc.): often used with mild contempt
verbped·dled, ped·dling, ped·dles
- a. To travel about selling (wares): peddling goods from door to door.b. To engage in the illicit sale of (narcotics).
- Informal To seek to disseminate; give out: peddling lies.
- To travel about selling wares.
- To occupy oneself with trifles.
Origin of peddleBack-formation from peddler. V., intr., sense 2, probably influenced by piddle.
(third-person singular simple present peddles, present participle peddling, simple past and past participle peddled)