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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).


(esp US), peddler, pedler
a person who peddles; hawker
References in classic literature ?
The man had something strapped on his back and carried a heavy stick-- obviously an itinerant peddler.
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.
You would be amazed," says an old writer already quoted, "if you saw how lewd these peddlers are when they return; how they feast and game, and how prodigal they are, not only in their clothes, but upon their sweethearts.
It is full of life, and stir, and business, dirt, beggars, asses, yelling peddlers, porters, dervishes, high-born Turkish female shoppers, Greeks, and weird-looking and weirdly dressed Mohammedans from the mountains and the far provinces --and the only solitary thing one does not smell when he is in the Great Bazaar, is something which smells good.
A team led by ASP City Mohammad Maroof Usman arrested a drug peddler Suhrab Chohan from New Goth situated in the A section police limits and recovered 1050 gram charas from his possession.
CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao-Joint Army and anti-narcotics operatives arrested an alleged big time drug peddler, who had been operating near the headquarters of the Army's 6th Infantry Division here, the military said Saturday.
Long lists of countries or languages are often repeated to make the same point about one aspect of peddlers' lives; the differences between, say, a Jewish peddler in 1840s Kentucky and another in Cape Town in 1920 are entirely elided.
Meanwhile a peddler named Yusuf was assaulted and beaten very badly.