[ puh-lav-er, ‐lah-ver ]
/ pəˈlæv ər, ‐ˈlɑ vər /
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.
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.
Words nearby palaver
Origin of palaver
1720–30; < Portuguese palavra word, speech, talk < Late Latin parabola parable
OTHER WORDS FROM palaverpa·lav·er·er, pa·lav·er·ist, nounpa·lav·er·ment, nounpa·lav·er·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palaverous
/ (pəˈlɑːvə) /
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
- 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
C18: from Portuguese palavra talk, from Latin parabola parable
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