from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of peddler.
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- n. Alternative spelling of peddler.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See peddler.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. etc. See peddler, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)
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In the long winter evenings the mistress and her maids sat at the spinning-wheel in the large hall; every Sunday the counsellor -- this title the pedlar had obtained, although only in his old days -- read aloud a portion from the Bible.
“Ay,” replied mine host, laughing, “and he who meets him may meet his match — the pedlar is a tall man.”
One could hardly say that he was to blame for that, either, as the photographer who paid for the item didn't say the pedlar was a woman, and the boy was no clairvoyant.
That was not so bad, but it turned out that the pedlar was a woman, and she came with a rawhide and camped in the office for two days waiting for Jimmy, while he came in and out of the back door, stuck his copy on the hook by stealth, and travelled only in the alleys to get his news.
It had not before occurred to me that a pedlar was a great man in a labourer's ale-house; but now that I had to enact the part for an evening, I found that so it was.
It had not before occurred to me that a pedlar was a great man in a labourer's alehouse; but now that I had to enact the part for an evening I found that so it was.
He was the very pedlar they had made fun of and poured beer into a stocking for him to drink; but honesty and industry bring one forward, and now the pedlar was the possessor of the baronial estate.
"Ay," replied mine host, laughing, "and he who meets him may meet his match -- the pedlar is a tall man."
_Dukes-couper_ I take to be a petty dealer in ducks or poultry, and to be used in a reproachful sense, as we find "pedlar," "jockey," &c.
Can it be right to demand so much of such a young child, however great his talent appears and however wretched a life sold by his poverty-stricken mother to a pedlar who beat him he had led before?