parleyvoo

/ (ˌpɑːlɪˈvuː) informal /

verb (intr)

to speak French

noun

the French language
a Frenchman

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Word Origin for parleyvoo

C20: jocular respelling of parlez-vous (français) ? do you speak (French)?
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Example sentences from the Web for parleyvoo

  • And Parleyvoo Pickens, the wrong reverend, writes out a marriage certificate, and farmer and farmeress sign it as witnesses.