papelard (s.xiiiin)

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papelard (s.xiiiin)

[ hap]

[ FEW: 7,586a pappare; Gdf: 6,170c papelart; GdfC: 10,268b papelart; TL: 7,145 papelard; DEAF:  paper (papelarde, papelart); DMF:  papelard; TLF:  papelard 1; OED:  papelard n. and adj.; MED:  papelard n.; DMLBS: 2102a papalardus ]

The etymology of this term is disputed. The FEW suggests it is a compound of pappare + lardum, e.g. a smooth-talker, as a result of eating lard. The TLF suggests it is a derivative of the unattested verb *papeler “manger, marmonner (des prières)”, itself a frequentative derivative of paper ‘to eat’.


1hypocrite, syncophant
( s.xiiiin; MS: s.xiii3/4 )  Ceus ne blam pas [...] Mes papelarz e les coveitus  35
( s.xiiiex; MS: s.xiv1/4 )  Si jo voys a mouster, c'est un papelard. Si jo ne y voys, c'est un faus crestyen  47.6
( s.xiiiex; MS: s.xiv2 )  E dient les uns as autres par lur jugler: 'Ore sumes vengez de cest papelard'  2036
( s.xivin; MS: s.xiv1 )  Ja taunt ne grouce ly papelard  178
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