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palaver

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noun pa·lav·er \pə-ˈla-vər, -ˈlä-\

Simple Definition of palaver

  • : talk that is not important or meaningful

  • : excitement and activity caused by something that is not important

Full Definition of palaver

  1. 1 a :  a long parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication b :  conference, discussion

  2. 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


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palaver

verb pa·lav·er

Definition of palaver

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk profusely or idly

  3. 2 :  parley

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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.>



1773

First Known Use of palaver

1773



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