passel

noun pas·sel \ ˈpa-səl \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of passel

: a large number or amount

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Examples of passel in a Sentence

  1. reporters had a whole passel of questions for the new basketball coach

  2. the young couple had a passel of babies in the span of a few years

Recent Examples of passel from the Web

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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

alteration of parcel


PASSEL Defined for English Language Learners

passel

Definition of passel for English Language Learners

  • : a large number or group of people or things



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