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palaver

play
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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  1. Enough of this palaver. We have a lot to discuss.

  2. <seemingly endless palaver between the negotiating parties>



Did You Know?

During the 18th century, Portuguese and English sailors often met during trading trips along the West African coast. This contact prompted the English to borrow the Portuguese palavra, which usually means "speech" or "word" but was used by Portuguese traders with the specific meaning "discussions with natives." The Portuguese word traces back to the Late Latin parabola, a noun meaning "speech" or "parable," which in turn comes from the Greek parabolē, meaning "juxtaposition" or "comparison."

Origin and Etymology of palaver

Portuguese palavra word, speech, from Late Latin parabola parable, speech


First Known Use: 1735


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palaver

verb pa·lav·er

Definition of palaver

palavered

palavering

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 in a sentence

  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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