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See also: Peddler
From Middle English pedlere, pedlare, pedeler, alteration of Middle English peddere (“hawker, peddler”), of uncertain origin. Compare Medieval Latin pedārius, from Latin pedāre (“to furnish with feet; prop up”).
peddler (plural peddlers)
- An itinerant seller of small goods.
- A drug dealer.
- 1953, Tom Lehrer, “The Old Dope Peddler”, in Songs by Tom Lehrer, Pantheon, published 1981, page 18:
- Here's a cure for all your troubles
Here's an end to all distress
It's the old dope peddler
With his powdered happiness
- (figurative) A fake-news disseminator; A conspiracy-theory propagator.
- peddle (back-formation)
itinerant seller of small goods
drug dealer — see drug dealer
fake-news disseminator; conspiracy-theory propagator