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 palavering
Historical Examples of palavering
Do you think we don't see through you and your palavering speeches?Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Drouet was palavering himself with the looseness of excitement and passion.Sister Carrie
He shines in action, and he'll find that out, and leave others the palavering.'Beauchamp's Career, Complete
It took a great deal of palavering before I could persuade him that I was lost unless he consented.
The next day he lounges in here with his palavering ways, and demands the highest price in the market—and I give it to him!The Ancient Law
- an argument
- trouble arising from an argument
Word Origin 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.