Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[pas-uh l] /ˈpæs əl/
noun, Informal.
a group or lot of indeterminate number:
a passel of dignitaries.
Origin of passel
First recorded in 1825-35; alteration of parcel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for passel
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Jest over the hill you'll run into a passel of our fellers, but pay no 'tention to 'em.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • They hung around her like a passel of gulls around a herring boat.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You take a passel of college fellers, like you want to hire for waiters.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It makes me laugh now t' think how that passel o' Injuns stared!

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • His glance slid past Nicole and Frank and their passel of kids.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • They only seeks ter beguile us with a passel of fair-seemin' lies.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • He'll be taller'n a house, the Old Nick himself with a passel of demons.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for passel


(informal or dialect, mainly US) a group or quantity of no fixed number
Word Origin
variant of parcel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for passel

1835, dialectal variant of parcel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for passel

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for passel

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for passel