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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First Known Use: 1735See Words from the same year
argument, argumentation, back-and-forth, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, council, counsel, debate, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), discussion, give-and-take, parley, talk;
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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