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palaver

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of palaver

  1. 1 an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue seemingly endless palaver between the negotiating parties Synonyms of palaver argument, argumentation, argy-bargy [chiefly British], back-and-forth, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, council, counsel, debate, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), give-and-take, discussion, parley, talkWords Related to palaver bull session, chat room, forum, meeting, powwow, roundtable, seminar, skull session (also skull practice), symposium, talkathon; chat, conversation, rap, words; discourse, disquisition; bargaining, consultancy, negotiation, pourparler

  2. 2 friendly, informal conversation or an instance of this we should get together and have a nice palaver sometime Synonyms of palaver backchat, cackle, causerie, chatter, chin music, chin-wag [slang], chitchat, confab, confabulation, gab, gabfest, gossip, jangle, jaw, natter [chiefly British], chat, patter, rap, schmooze, small talk, table talk, talk, tête-à-têteWords Related to palaver colloquy, conference, discourse, parley, powwow, symposium; debate, dialogue (also dialog), exchange, give-and-take; crosstalk, happy talk; yak (also yack), yammer, yap


palaver

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of palaver

  1. 1 to engage in casual or rambling conversation mothers palavering and drinking coffee while watching their children play Synonyms of palaver babble, blab, cackle, chaffer [British], chatter, chin [slang], converse, gab, gabble, gas, jabber, jaw, kibitz (also kibbitz), natter, chat, patter, prate, prattle, rap, rattle, run on, schmooze (or shmooze), talk, twitter, visitWords Related to palaver gossip, tattle; descant, discuss, expatiate; yak (also yack), yammer, yap

  2. 2 to get (someone) to do something by gentle urging, special attention, or flattery I let the salesclerk at the electronics store palaver me into a service contract that I didn't need Synonyms of palaver blandish, blarney, cajole, coax, soft-soap, sweet-talk, wheedleWords Related to palaver adulate, flatter, overpraise; butter up, charm, massage, woo; beg, beseech, importune, urge; beguile, cozen, finagle, juggle, wangle, wile; entice, lure, seduce, temptNear Antonyms of palaver bug, harass, nag, pester, tease; browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, intimidate; coerce, compel, constrain, demand, force, make, oblige, require



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