verb (intr)

to speak French


the French language
a Frenchman

Word Origin for parleyvoo

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

Historical Examples of parleyvoo

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

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.).

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