[pas-uh l]

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for passel

Contemporary Examples of passel

Historical Examples of passel

  • 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.


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for passel



informal, or dialect, mainly US a group or quantity of no fixed number

Word Origin for passel

variant of parcel
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Word Origin and History for passel

1835, dialectal variant of parcel (n.).

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