American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who travels about selling wares for a living.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who travels about selling small wares, which he carries with him; a traveling chapman; a hawker.
- n. In entomology, the larva of any one of the tortoise-beetles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who peddles; a traveling trader; one who travels about, retailing small wares; a hawker.
- n. someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)
- n. an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs
- Middle English pedlere, probably alteration of peddere, from Medieval Latin pedārius, crosier bearer, from Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see pedi-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Motkeh, the fish-peddler, is looking for a wife to cook him his eating and take care on his children," she was saying in her shrill, grating voice.”
“By the way Lance, I applaud your use of alliteration and assonance; "Teutonic turd peddler" is so much more poetic than "German shit merchant.”
“In that, I propose an extension to the definition of "peddler.”
“Poplawski was also convinced that paper money would become worthless -- another claim given credence by the Fox News Channel host, particularly in close connection with his frequent shilling for the now-under-investigation gold-coin peddler Goldline International.”
“Prudence dictated to the pair a speedy retreat; and the next morning, the only remains of the dwelling of the peddler was the huge chimney we have already mentioned.”
“In person, the peddler was a man above the middle height, spare, but full of bone and muscle.”
“We will not sit wait for it, we will not let them stay first then unify again in the game seal them, I so long as under a discovery gold coin peddler will seal them.”
“This weekend, we announced a new attack gold coin peddler's measure.”
“Several servants had noticed the gypsy woman "peddler," as they called her, for she had made a number of calls on the block, trying to sell her lace, but no one had seen Snap with her.”
“It was not the face of a peddler, the ordinary kind of peddler, certainly -- and the mild brown eyes, eyes a trifle nearsighted, behind the round, gold-rimmed spectacles, were not those of a sharp trader seeking a victim.”
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