Definition of passel in English:



  • A large group of people or things.

    ‘a passel of journalists’
    • ‘Henry and his second wife, that red-haired woman Joe could never quite warm up to, raised a passel of children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, now comes a passel of bank lobbyists rallying around another fine term in the world of business: Predatory lending.’
    • ‘‘I don't know about a passel of children,’ she murmured.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those hombres spend a passel of money for action jobs, for repairing tired old Model 97s, for shortening double-barrel shotguns, etc.’
    • ‘Anybody got a passel of frequent-flyer miles they'll donate to a blogger?’
    • ‘In the evening, Orrin was going to follow it with a magic show designed to raise a passel of money for St. Anne's.’
    • ‘Time to pass the biscuits to a new passel of Texans’
    • ‘Grandpa had taken a passel of us to a riverside swimming hole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘No,’ said my husband Jack, ‘you're raising a passel of hicks.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the assistance might come from a passel of supposedly independent satellite fundraising and voter turnout groups busily moving into the state.’


Mid 19th century: representing a pronunciation of parcel.