- a conference or discussion.
- a long parley, especially one between primitive natives and European traders, explorers, colonial officials, etc.
- profuse and idle talk; chatter.
- persuasive talk; flattery; cajolery.
- to talk profusely and idly.
- to parley or confer.
- to cajole or persuade.
Origin of palaver
Examples from the Web for palaver
He seemed at first much pleased of the situation, but after examining the captives closely he called a palaver.The Story Behind The World’s Greatest Headline
January 21, 2014
With North Korea, the palaver is mostly about hoping and waiting.What the U.S. Government Knows About North Korea's New Ruler
Leslie H. Gelb
December 20, 2011
The minute they started their drillin' an' palaver, they ought to 'a' been stopped.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Meantime the palaver inside Jim's house went on in the presence of the girl.Lord Jim
Oh, for pity's sake, woman, let me through without any palaver!Miss Pat at School
I'll palaver to 'em, and tell 'em we just come to pay 'em a visit.The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch
Laura Lee Hope
So the governor is coming down here to have a palaver with us.'Tom Gerrard
- tedious or time-consuming business, esp when of a formal natureall the palaver of filling in forms
- loud and confused talk and activity; hubbub
- (often used humorously) a conference
- rare talk intended to flatter or persuade
- Western African
- an argument
- trouble arising from an argument
- (intr) (often used humorously) to have a conference
- (intr) to talk loudly and confusedly
- (tr) to flatter or cajole
Word Origin and History for palaver
1733 (implied in palavering), "talk, conference, discussion," sailors' slang, from Portuguese palavra "word, speech, talk," traders' term for "negotiating with the natives" in West Africa, metathesis of Late Latin parabola "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola "comparison" (see parable). Meaning "idle talk" first recorded 1748. The verb is 1733, from the noun. Related: Palavering.