A young gentleman that travels about and seeks adventure,
because he is young, rich, and at leisure. (See below.)
Thee, too, my Paridel, she marked thee there,
Stretched on the rack of a too-easy chair,
And heard thy everlasting yawn confess
The pains and penalties of idleness.
Pope: Dunciad, iv. 341.
Sir Paridel. A male coquette, whose delight was to win women's
hearts, and then desert them. The model was the Earl of Westmoreland. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, bk. iii. cant. 10; bk. iv. c. 1.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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