Definition of pedlar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛdlə/


chiefly British
1A person who goes from place to place selling small goods: the visit of the pedlar to Irish country houses was a very special event in the lives of children in the 1950s
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  • They came as sailors, pedlars, traders of all sorts, cloth merchants, spice dealers, preachers, teachers and sometimes all of the above in a single lifetime.
  • Before then, buying and selling occurred through fairs, market-stalls, artisans' workshops, or itinerant pedlars.
  • Prices were partly determined by the efficiency of merchants, traders, and peddlers, as we will see in the next section.
travelling salesman, door-to-door salesman;
British  barrow boy;
West Indian  higgler
British informal fly-pitcher
dated hawker
archaic chapman, packman
rare huckster, crier, colporteur
trafficker, dealer
informal pusher
2 variant spelling of peddler (sense 1).


See pedal1 (usage)



noun ( archaic)


Middle English: perhaps an alteration of synonymous dialect pedder, apparently from dialect ped 'pannier'.

Words that rhyme with pedlar

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