Meaning of passel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpas(ə)l/


informal mainly US
  • A large group of people or things.

    • ‘ a passel of journalists’
    • ‘‘No,’ said my husband Jack, ‘you're raising a passel of hicks.’’
    • ‘And there aren't a passel of younger children around to give your daughters a close-up view of what having one of your own to care for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, with no time off for good behavior, might look like.’
    • ‘Instead of black-tie fund-raising dinners, the whole passel of these incumbents ought to be sitting at America's kitchen tables, listening to reality… and responding.’
    • ‘They also show the New Yorker a welcoming-but-pained sympathy, as if he's rushed home with bad news, only to find a passel of neighbors and friends waiting to tell him something even worse.’
    • ‘Time to pass the biscuits to a new passel of Texans’
    • ‘Some of the assistance might come from a passel of supposedly independent satellite fundraising and voter turnout groups busily moving into the state.’
    • ‘Well, now comes a passel of bank lobbyists rallying around another fine term in the world of business: Predatory lending.’
    • ‘Grandpa had taken a passel of us to a riverside swimming hole.’
    • ‘The new wisdom - being taught to a guy at the Star Tribune - is don't pick a fight with guys who buy pixels by the passel.’
    • ‘Henry and his second wife, that red-haired woman Joe could never quite warm up to, raised a passel of children.’
    • ‘Anybody got a passel of frequent-flyer miles they'll donate to a blogger?’
    • ‘Periodically, ambulance drivers come with their bright orange stretcher contraptions, bearing sedated patients whose pale faces look tiredly out over white sheets and blankets, a small passel of family members bringing up the rear.’
    • ‘In the evening, Orrin was going to follow it with a magic show designed to raise a passel of money for St. Anne's.’
    • ‘Unlike IBM and others, Dell so far has avoided the trap of becoming a repair shop or tech consulting outfit for any company with a passel of mixed-brand servers and PCs.’
    • ‘A passel of kids of varying ages, the cousins love playing baseball in the front yard, romping on the beach just two blocks away, or exploring what's left of the Fort Tilden gun emplacements that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.’
    • ‘The plot, such as it is, provides the excuse to present the most interesting, important and exciting results of computer science, as well as a passel of other ideas, in a readable and entertaining way, with a veneer of romance.’
    • ‘Three-fourths were privates and PFCs, which was not surprising because that was where a passel of temporary master sergeants and other senior NCOs landed when they reverted to permanent grades.’
    • ‘Once the initial shock wears off in Lincoln, the next priority will be signing a junior college quarterback and a passel of high school and junior college receivers, then giving everyone time to learn and grow in the system.’
    • ‘‘I don't know about a passel of children,’ she murmured.’
    • ‘Those hombres spend a passel of money for action jobs, for repairing tired old Model 97s, for shortening double-barrel shotguns, etc.’


Mid 19th century representing a pronunciation of parcel.