- 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
Related Words for palaveringreveal, use, describe, express, communicate, say, chat, sing, tell, speak, huddle, exchange, interact, visit, confer, negotiate, contact, consult, interview, argue
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
- 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 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.