Definitions for palaverpəˈlæv ər, -ˈlɑ vər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•lav•erpəˈlæv ər, -ˈlɑ vər(n.)

  1. profuse and idle talk; chatter.

  2. persuasive talk; flattery; cajolery.

  3. a conference or discussion, orig. one between European traders, explorers, etc., and people indigenous to a region, esp. in Africa.

    Category: Western History

  4. (v.i.)to talk profusely and idly.

  5. to confer.

  6. (v.t.)to cajole or persuade.

Origin of palaver:

1720–30; < Pg palavra word, speech, talk < LL parabolaparable


Princeton's WordNet

  1. blandishment, cajolery, palaver(noun)

    flattery intended to persuade

  2. palaver, hot air, empty words, empty talk, rhetoric(verb)

    loud and confused and empty talk

    "mere rhetoric"

  3. chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble(verb)

    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

  4. wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigle(verb)

    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

    "He palavered her into going along"

  5. palaver(verb)

    have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds


  1. palaver(Noun)

    A village council meeting.

  2. palaver(Noun)

    Talk, especially unnecessary talk, fuss.

  3. palaver(Noun)

    A meeting at which there is much talk.

  4. palaver(Noun)


    I have no palaver with him.

  5. palaver(Verb)

    To discuss with much talk.

  6. Origin: Originally nautical slang, from palavra, from parabola

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palaver(noun)

    talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk intended to deceive; flattery

  2. Palaver(noun)

    in Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation; a debate

  3. Palaver

    to make palaver with, or to; to used palaver;to talk idly or deceitfully; to employ flattery; to cajole; as, to palaver artfully


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