When you peddle something, you go out and try to sell it. It's cute when a little kid peddles his homemade birthday cards around the neighborhood, but if an adult did that it might be annoying.

The classic image of someone who peddles is an old-fashioned "peddler" or "tinker" traveling from village to village selling goods. The verb peddle, in fact, comes from the word "peddler," whose origin is a mystery. Any time you sell something by going from place to place, like selling Girl Scout cookies to all your neighbors, you peddle.

Definitions of peddle
  1. verb
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
    synonyms: hawk, huckster, monger, pitch, vend
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    type of:
    deal, sell, trade
    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
Commonly confused words

peddle / pedal / petal

Sometimes the only way to choose your words with homophones is to memorize their spellings and meanings. Pedal/peddle/petal is one such set of homophones.

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