verb (used without object), pa·lav·ered, pa·lav·er·ing.
verb (used with object), pa·lav·ered, pa·lav·er·ing.
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
You have besides a great talent for cant and palaver, and for laughing at one's beard.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
And don't you make no palaver of it, to come stealing of my mushrooms.'Dariel|R. D. Blackmore
You will only get the worst of the palaver and show your ignorance before the wise Nzambi.The Curious Book of Birds|Abbie Farwell Brown
"Stop your palaver and tell us all about it," observed Jim Pizey.Grif|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
There's been a palaver, and now there's an armistice, while the bosses discuss terms.Under the Star-Spangled Banner|F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for palaver
- an argument
- trouble arising from an argument
Word Origin for palaver
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.