|Definition - Tramp and circus slang.|
Etymology - The term derives from the Italian parlare, to talk
Oxford English Dictionary - Its first citation is from 1846:
"The chanting cadger stalls the chummy's daughter off to a single padded lumber; ranks her of five bob and a bender;…palaries sweat patter, and nobbs on for more blunt."
(Swell's Night Guide 77)