palaver


1pa·lav·er

noun \pə-ˈla-vər, -ˈlä-\

: talk that is not important or meaningful

: excitement and activity caused by something that is not important

Full Definition of PALAVER

1
a :  a long parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication
b :  conference, discussion
2
a :  idle talk
b :  misleading or beguiling speech

Examples of PALAVER

  1. Enough of this palaver. We have a lot to discuss.
  2. <seemingly endless palaver between the negotiating parties>

Origin of PALAVER

Portuguese palavra word, speech, from Late Latin parabola parable, speech
First Known Use: 1735

Rhymes with PALAVER

2palaver

verb
pa·lav·eredpa·lav·er·ing \pə-ˈla-və-riŋ, -ˈlä-; -ˈlav-riŋ, -ˈläv-\

Definition of PALAVER

intransitive verb
1
:  to talk profusely or idly
2
:  parley
transitive verb
:  to use palaver to :  cajole

Examples of PALAVER

  1. <mothers palavering and drinking coffee while watching their children play>
  2. <I let the salesclerk at the electronics store palaver me into a service contract that I didn't need.>

First Known Use of PALAVER

1773

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