verb (used with object), ped·dled, ped·dling.
- to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.
- to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities: to peddle radical ideas.
- to sell (drugs) illicitly.
verb (used without object), ped·dled, ped·dling.
- to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.
- to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.
- to go from place to place selling (goods, esp small articles)
- (tr) to sell (illegal drugs, esp narcotics)
- (tr) to advocate (ideas) persistently or importunatelyto peddle a new philosophy
- (intr) archaic to trifle
v.“to retail,” 1837 in modern use, a colloquial back-formation from peddler. Related: Peddled; peddling.