A peddler is a specific type of salesperson: someone who travels from town to town selling their wares.

A peddler is someone who sells things, but it's a very specific type of selling. Peddlers — also known as hawkers and pitchmen — travel from town to town, especially with a carnival or circus. Peddlers are also found on the street, selling many different things, from jewelry to DVDs. There's a shady implication to this word, since peddlers have included people selling snake oil and other worthless products. Instead of buying from a peddler, you're probably better off at a store.

Definitions of peddler
  1. noun
    someone who travels about selling wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)
    synonyms: hawker, packman, pedlar, pitchman
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    archaic term for an itinerant peddler
    a peddler of inferior goods
    a peddler who shouts to advertise the goods he sells
    muffin man
    formerly an itinerant peddler of muffins
    a young peddler of sand; used now only to express great happiness in `happy as a sandboy'
    a Latin American who buys used goods in the United States and takes them to Latin America to sell
    type of:
    marketer, seller, trafficker, vender, vendor
    someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money
  2. noun
    an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs
    synonyms: drug dealer, drug peddler, drug trafficker, pusher
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    type of:
    criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw
    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
    a seller of illicit goods
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