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
Related Words for palaverouschatty, loquacious, rambling, superfluous, unnecessary, lengthy, long-winded, turgid, meandering, loose, long, lavish, dull, waffling, bombastic, gabby, garrulous, prolix, talkative, verbose
- 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.