What does palaver mean?

Definitions for palaver
pəˈlæv ər, -ˈlɑ vərpalaver

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blandishment, cajolery, palavernoun

    flattery intended to persuade

  2. palaver, hot air, empty words, empty talk, rhetoricverb

    loud and confused and empty talk

    "mere rhetoric"

  3. chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabbleverb

    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

  4. wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigleverb

    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

    "He palavered her into going along"

  5. palaververb

    have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

Wiktionary

  1. palavernoun

    A village council meeting.

    Etymology: Originally nautical slang, from palavra, from parabola

  2. palavernoun

    Talk, especially unnecessary talk, fuss.

    Etymology: Originally nautical slang, from palavra, from parabola

  3. palavernoun

    A meeting at which there is much talk.

    Etymology: Originally nautical slang, from palavra, from parabola

  4. palavernoun

    Disagreement

    I have no palaver with him.

    Etymology: Originally nautical slang, from palavra, from parabola

  5. palaververb

    To discuss with much talk.

    Etymology: Originally nautical slang, from palavra, from parabola

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palavernoun

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

    Etymology: [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L. parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See Parable.]

  2. Palavernoun

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

    Etymology: [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L. parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See Parable.]

  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

    Etymology: [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L. parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See Parable.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Palaver

    pa-lav′ėr, n. talk or conversation, esp. idle talk: talk intended to deceive: a public conference: in Africa, a talk with the natives.—v.i. to use conversation: to flatter: to talk idly.—n. Palav′erer. [Port. palavra—L. parabola, a parable.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. palaver

    See PALABRAS.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Palaver

    From the Portuguese palavra, “a talk.”

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palaver in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palaver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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