- to speak French
- the French language
- a Frenchman
C20: jocular respelling of parlez-vous (français) ? do you speak (French)?
Examples from the Web for parleyvoo
And Parleyvoo Pickens, the wrong reverend, writes out a marriage certificate, and farmer and farmeress sign it as witnesses.The Gentle Grafter
Word Origin and History for parleyvoo
colloquial for "the French language," 1754, from French parlez-vous (français?) "do you speak (French?)" For parlez, see parley (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper