What does palaver mean?

Definitions for palaverpəˈlæv ər, -ˈlɑ vər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word palaver.

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

  4. Origin: [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.]


  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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