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itinerant vendor of small goods. In rural America peddlers carried their packs or drove a horse and cart from door to door. While the importance of peddlers to the small American community declined considerably with the growth of automobile transportation and mail-order houses, their role in certain sections of the Asian and African markets has remained important.


See R. L. Wright, Hawkers and Walkers in Early America (1927, repr. 1965); J. R. Dolan, Yankee Peddlers of Early America (1964).

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(esp US), peddler, pedler
a person who peddles; hawker
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The man had something strapped on his back and carried a heavy stick-- obviously an itinerant peddler. His attitude had in it a suggestion of abstraction, like that of a sleepwalker.
They were identified as those of the lost peddler. At the double inquest the coroner's jury found that Daniel Baker died by his own hand while suffering from temporary insanity, and that Samuel Morritz was murdered by some person or persons to the jury unknown.
"Ho, landlord!" cried the Peddler, "bring this good fellow another pot of ale, for truly it is a credit to us all to have one among us who can empty a canakin so lustily."
"Talking of fatness," said the Peddler, "thou thyself lookest none too ill-fed, holy friar."
At this the Tinker and the Peddler and the Beggar nudged one another, and all grinned, and the friars scowled blackly at Little John; but they could think of nothing further to say, so they turned to their horses.
As they so went away, the Tinker, the Peddler, and the Beggar ran skipping out into the middle of the highway, each with a pot in his hand, and looked after them laughing.
The peddler had certainly spoken the truth when he declared that the dye wouldn't wash off, however his veracity might be impeached in other respects.
During Tuesday's oral argument, Solicitor General Jose Calida told the Supreme Court that the government is focusing first on street peddlers before going after big time drug lords.
Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Many peddlers were beaten during a brawl broke out when municipal police carried out an operation, in which many goods were confiscated, against peddlers in E[currency]irinevler neighborhood, located in Turkey's economic hub city of Istanbul.
In Roads Taken Hasia Diner rescues Jewish peddlers from historical obscurity and places them squarely in the vanguard of the mass migration that reshaped the Jewish world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
In "Frontier Doctors and Snake Oil Peddlers: A Journal of Early Medical Procedures", author Alton Pryor also documents the good improvements in medical practices that have occurred through the years.