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Examples of passel in a Sentence
reporters had a whole passel of questions for the new basketball coach
the young couple had a passel of babies in the span of a few years
Recent Examples of passel from the Web
Michael, one of six siblings, had a passel of nieces and nephews; Lou worked with foster kids at a social service agency.
Guests included representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Ramona Rotary Club, the Conrad Prebys Trust and a passel of children of all ages.
On his show, Carlson mocks and verbally body-slams those who disagree with him, a passel of easy marks such as Democratic politicians, well-meaning liberal activists, and young reporters.
Traffic is likely to be worse Monday afternoon after the eclipse passes and a passel of folks who arrived during a three-day period decide to leave all at once.
The next seven weeks will feature meaningful and exciting baseball in a passel of cities that might not get that jolt in a different playoff system.
That brings Gillum's tally to five state representatives and three state senators, along with U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and a passel of county and city commissioners.
The genre remains resolutely vigorous, with production that throbs, chirps, shrieks and thumps, and a passel of sharp young vocalists who keep its underground vital.
At only a third of a pound, the Spiker (or even a passel of them) won't weigh down your beach bag.
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passel and Parcel
The loss of the sound of "r" after a vowel and before another consonant in the middle of a word is common in spoken English. This linguistic idiosyncrasy has given our language a few new words, such as cuss from curse, bust from burst, and our featured word passel from parcel. The spelling passel originated in the 15th century, but the word's use as a collective noun for an indefinite number is a 19th-century Americanism. It was common primarily in local-color writing before getting a boost in the 1940s, when it began appearing in popular weekly magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and Saturday Review.
Origin and Etymology of passel
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, volume, wad, wealth, yard;
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, tad, touch, trace;
all kinds (of), quite a bit;
PASSEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of passel for English Language Learners
: a large number or group of people or things
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