a cork-soled pattern covering the forepart of the foot, worn in the 16th century.
… your art / Can blind a jealous husband, and, disguised / Like a milliner or shoemaker, convey / A letter in a pantofle or glove, / Without suspicion, nay at his table …Philip Massinger, The Emperor of the East, 1632
“I’ve lost a pantofle!” he whispered desperately.Sally Watson, The Outrageous Oriel, 2006
Pantofle “indoor shoe, slipper” comes from Middle French pantoufle, pantophle (and other spellings). The word occurs in other Romance languages, e.g., Occitan and Italian have pantofla (and other spellings), and Spanish has pantufla. Catalan changed the position of the l in original pantofla to plantofa under the influence of planta “sole (of the foot)”; compare English plantar (wart). Further etymology of pantofle is speculative. Pantofle entered English in the late 15th century.
John is all for sleeping in the quinzhee, but having seen how thin Regent’s sleeping bags are, I exert what is left of my parental authority and take up our host’s suggestion that we use a nearby tent which he has equipped with a log-burning stove. The Independent – Frontpage RSS Feed
The word ‘quinzhee’ comes from a Slavey word meaning “in the shelter”. (Slavey is an Athabaskan language spoken among the Slavey and Sahtu people of Canada in the Northwest Territories.)
We know that our political sphere is healthy when, first, everyone who wants to be a “participant in government” can in fact have access to it; and second, when the talk that takes place there is viewed not as mere bavardage or spin, but as one of the chief and most valuable expressions of public liberty. The Turn of the Screw (II)
Representative assemblies are often taunted by their enemies with being places of mere talk and bavardage. Representative Government
Though bavardage accounted for much of the general knowledge of every one’s affairs, there was an uncanny mystery in the speed at which a particular secret spread. Mystic Isles of the South Seas.