- The definition of a peddler is a traveling salesperson.
An example of a peddler is a woman who travels the country selling jewelry she made.
A street peddler selling guitars.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English pedlare, pedlere from uncertain or unknown; perhaps peddare, peddler from ped, pedde, a basket, via diminutive pedle
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Origin: Middle English pedlere, probably alteration of peddere, from Medieval Latin pedārius, crosier bearer, from Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see pedi-.