palaver

[ puh-lav-er, ‐lah-ver ]
/ pəˈlæv ər, ‐ˈlɑ vər /

noun

verb (used without object), pa·lav·ered, pa·lav·er·ing.

to talk profusely and idly.
to parley or confer.

verb (used with object), pa·lav·ered, pa·lav·er·ing.

to cajole or persuade.

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Origin of palaver

First recorded in 1710–20 (for the verb); from Portuguese palavra “word, speech, talk,” from Late Latin parabola parable

OTHER WORDS FROM palaver

pa·lav·er·er, pa·lav·er·ist, nounpa·lav·er·ment, nounpa·lav·er·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palaver

palaver
/ (pəˈlɑːvə) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for palaver

C18: from Portuguese palavra talk, from Latin parabola parable
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