(3 syl.). A man of vain words, who dubs himself “captain,”
pretends to knowledge which he has not, and to sentiments he never
feels. (French, paroles, a creature of empty words.) (
I know him a notorious liar, Think him a great way fool, solely a coward; Yet these fixed evils sit so fit on him That they take place ...
Act i. 1.
Rust, sword; cool, blushes; and, Parolles, live Safest in shame; being fooled, by fooling thrive; There's place and means for every man alive.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894