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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
snake oil salesman/peddler
▪ For all his odd and scary views, Buchanan has played the fear card like a snake oil salesman hawking eternal life.
▪ Perhaps, when the shouting from snake oil salesmen subsides, our leaders will find a way to forge a bipartisan solution.
▪ Smithson had been a rose peddler in Portland.
▪ Classical philosophers refer to them with contempt, as peddlers of absolution for a modest fee.
▪ I am Omar Duvall, this morning a peddler through these emerald mountains.
▪ Neither are there any ghetto blasters or peddlers or time-share pests.
▪ Or is he a smut peddler who is using it to enhance the sale of his magazines?
▪ Save him for the Old Bailey and whichever penal dustbin they locked dope peddlers in.
▪ The peddler in disguise showed Snow White her beautiful, colorful laces.
▪ The shrewdest of the shrewd race of Connecticut Yankee peddlers, he understood the people in their multiple desires.
▪ Their list peddlers are hawking the names of 21,000 attendees, the lists with exhibitors excluded.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Peddler \Ped"dler\, n. [OE. pedlere, pedlare, also peddare, peoddare, fr. OE. ped a basket, of unknown origin.] One who peddles; a traveling trader; one who travels about, retailing small wares; a hawker. [Written also pedlar and pedler.] ``Some vagabond huckster or peddler.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c. (c.1300 as a surname, Will. Le Pedelare), from peoddere, peddere (c.1200, mid-12c. as a surname), of unknown origin. It has the appearance of an agent noun, but no corresponding verb is attested in Middle English. Perhaps a diminutive of ped "panier, basket," also of unknown origin, but this is attested only from late 14c. Pedlar, preferred spelling in U.K., is attested from late 14c.


alt. 1 An itinerant seller of small goods; a hawker. 2 A dealer in illegal drugs. n. 1 An itinerant seller of small goods; a hawker. 2 A dealer in illegal drugs.

  1. n. someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals) [syn: pedlar, packman, hawker, pitchman]

  2. an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs [syn: pusher, drug peddler, drug dealer, drug trafficker]


A peddler, in British English pedlar, also known as a canvasser, cheapjack, monger, higler or solicitor (with negative connotations since the 16th century), is a traveling vendor of goods. In England, the term was mostly used for travellers hawking goods in the countryside to small towns and villages; they might also be called tinkers or gypsies. In London more specific terms were used, such as costermonger. In Europe, there has long been a suspicion of dishonest or petty criminal activity associated with pedlars and travellers.

Usage examples of "peddler".

She aimed to go for that peddler with the ax, but she forgot which hand was which, an' she takes after him with the chicken.

During the course of a single turn I see peddlers and merchants from almost every dukedom in every kingdom in the Forelands.

He recalled how the street seemed inanely alive with the horrid cheer that haunted zoos and menageries, how the cries of bird sellers, of puppy wallahs and cat peddlers intermingled and created an eerie and disturbing echolalia, at once mocking of and mocked by the chatter of their caged and staring stock in trade.

Christian girls to marry-- to which circumstance we owe Barry Goldwater, grandson of Big Mike Goldwasser, peddler and saloon-keeper.

The message was from Hakeem, the Moorish Teller of Tales, a crafty spy and a sharp-eyed peddler whom he had known since he was a boy in Palermo.

Heather was undecided for a moment, not knowing whether she should welcome the peddler or not, but when Hatti came through the house from the back, she followed the woman out onto the porch.

There was much to watch in the orderly spoked wheel of streets at the center of Funderling Town, peddlers bringing produce down from the markets in the city above, honers and polishers crying their trades, and tribes of children on their way to guild schools, and Flint was wide-eyed.

Peddler localizers for more than two years, futilely searching for hidden gotchas.

Orville Mapes did look more like a hardware peddler than a weapons dealer.

I have to breathe the same oniony air with Polish peasants, Jewish peddlers, and common soldiers.

The many peddlers dealing in dyed wool and salted fish set this suq apart as unique to Magdala.

The inn seldom had guests except when merchants came down from Baerlon to buy wool or tabac, or a monthly peddler when snow had not made the road impassable, and the village folk who might come for a drink or a meal later in the day would all be hard at work at their own homes now.

Except for merchants, once a year to buy tabac and wool, and the peddlers, outsiders never came into the Two Rivers, or as good as never.

Kif sellers, peddlers of babaku chicken with texasauce, of miso, of combs and brushes, of incense.

The next time you tell stories about Yankee peddlers, put the wooden clock in with the wooden punkin seeds, and hickory hams, will you?