Definition of palaver
- a palaver between foreign ministers
- Cut the palaver and get down to business.
- Don't get taken in by the candidate's palaver.
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Enough of this palaver. We have a lot to discuss.
seemingly endless palaver between the negotiating parties
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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."
First Known Use: 1735See Words from the same year
mothers palavering and drinking coffee while watching their children play
I let the salesclerk at the electronics store palaver me into a service contract that I didn't need.
: talk that is not important or meaningful
: excitement and activity caused by something that is not important
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