parley-voo

noun
\ ¦pärlē¦vü\
plural -s

Definition of parley-voo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the French language no words to spell, no sums to do … and no parley-voo— J. R. Lowell
2 usually capitalized : frenchman hardy British tars who had pity on a poor Parley-voo— W. S. Gilbert

parley-voo

intransitive verb
\ "\
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of parley-voo (Entry 2 of 2)

: talk especially : to speak French or another language besides English nice to stop and parley-voo a second — Sinclair Lewis

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History and Etymology for parley-voo

Noun

French parlez-vous do you speak (in parlez-vous français? do you speak French?)

Intransitive verb

French parlez-vous

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