1. (US) a seller of counterfeit money.
|Sun (NY) 20 Mar. 1/1: ‘Did you expect $100 counterfeit money?’ Peddler — I expected $100 [...] ‘Did you bargain for [...] this $100 in counterfeit money?’.|
|Empire News (KS) 4 Feb. 3/1: The ‘detective’ wh claimed to have arrested [...] a peddler here for passing counterfeit money, turned out to be a base fraud and a dead beat.|
2. a male prostitute.
|Strange Brother (1932) 274: That’s what they call a male prostitute, call him a peddler, and I was no peddler.|
3. (also dope peddler) a drug seller.
|Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 15 July 2/2: Alleged ‘Dope’ Peddler [...] A young negro was arrested [...] on a charge of selling cocaine.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 14 Oct. 13/1: Wouldn’t a lynching of the dope peddler be better calculated to protect society.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 10 Jan. 12/1: Catch Alleged Dope Peddler. James Latcher was arrested with a ‘load’ of coke.|
|Hop-Heads 28: One of the men told of ‘the pinch’ of a peddler the other day.|
|Bits of New York Life 26 Dec. [synd. col.] He is searching for a dope-peddler.|
|Lancs. Eve. Post 25 Apr. n.p.: As much as 10 per cent of the raisins was morphine [...] extracted easily by the dope peddler.|
|Rough Stuff 117: Little Joe was a typical dope peddler, shrewd for even a Jew.|
|Freehold (NJ) Transcript 22 Mar. [headline] Who is the Dope Peddler.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 267: Bednar knows who the peddler is as well as you ’r me.|
|N.Y. World-Telegram and Sun 12 Jan. n.p.: A wholesale dope peddlar who supplied narcotics to ten pushers for the teen-age drug traffic was arrested yesterday afternoon.|
|Rap Sheet 54: I got no use for a dope pedlar.|
|Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) 159: They lead us to pushers and pedlers.|
|(con. 1940s) Autobiog. (1968) 178: Some other racket or hustle — boosters, numbers runners, or dope-peddlers.|
|After Hours 87: Probably another dope peddler.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 77: Guys who beat up the wrong guinea [...] shook down the pedlar.|
|Corner (1998) 61: The dope pedlers were few — and anathema.|
|Observer 1 Feb. 4/1: He is not a drug pedlar [...] But it’s illegal, it’s a banned substance.|
4. (US tramp) a freight or goods train, a stopping train.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 142: Peddler.–A slow or way freight or goods train; any train that stops at every station along the line, much as a peddler calls from house to house to deliver goods.|
5. (US prison) one who provides any form of contraband within the prison.
|Huncke’s Journal (1998) 14: Cuba is what is known in prison jargon as a peddler. [...] If there is anything in the way of contraband to be obtained within the prison [...] he is the man to see.in|
SE in slang uses
see pedlar’s French n.
see dick peddler under dick n.1