\ ¦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
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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


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

Intransitive verb

French parlez-vous

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“Parley-voo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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