- a group or lot of indeterminate number: a passel of dignitaries.
Origin of passel
First recorded in 1825–35; alteration of parcel
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Examples from the Web for passel
Harold Ramis made a passel of great comedies, but he never made one better than Groundhog Day.Harold Ramis’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Is About as Perfect as a Movie Gets
February 25, 2014
Way back during the 2000 Bush-Gore smackdown, I dug around in the data, interviewed undecideds, and called up a passel of experts.Undecided Voters Are a Menace
September 23, 2012
After all, didn't she figure out a way to "have it all"—a passel of children, a first dude, and a big job in the public sphere?This Candidate Is Bad For Women
June 9, 2010
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.
You take a passel of college fellers, like you want to hire for waiters.
It makes me laugh now t' think how that passel o' Injuns stared!The Gaunt Gray Wolf
His glance slid past Nicole and Frank and their passel of kids.Shaman
- informal, or dialect, mainly US a group or quantity of no fixed number
variant of parcel
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Word Origin and History for passel
1835, dialectal variant of parcel (n.).
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