1. widely sell, promote, or circulate something
peddle drugs/lies/false information
The verb 'to peddle' is used to describe the selling of something or promotion of material, sometimes in an aggressive or persuasive manner. When you peddle goods you sell something on the street directly to customers rather than on from a premises. The verb peddle is most often used when talking about selling something illegal or harmful such as peddling drugs for example. You can also use peddle when someone is trying to convince others of a story, ideology or idea, particularly when what they are saying is harmful or even wrong. Do not confuse this verb with 'pedal' meaning a lever controlled with your foot or 'to pedal' a bicycle.