palaver


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pa·lav·er

 (pə-lăv′ər, -lä′vər)
n.
1.
a. Idle chatter.
b. Talk intended to charm or beguile.
2. A negotiation or discussion concerning matters in dispute, especially in the traditional cultures of West Africa.
v. pa·lav·ered, pa·lav·er·ing, pa·lav·ers
v.intr.
To talk idly or at length.
v.tr.
Archaic To flatter or cajole.

[Portuguese palavra, speech, alteration of Late Latin parabola, speech, parable; see parable.]

palaver

(pəˈlɑːvə)
n
1. tedious or time-consuming business, esp when of a formal nature: all the palaver of filling in forms.
2. loud and confused talk and activity; hubbub
3. (often used humorously) a conference
4. rare talk intended to flatter or persuade
5.
a. an argument
b. trouble arising from an argument
vb
6. (intr) (often used humorously) to have a conference
7. (intr) to talk loudly and confusedly
8. (tr) to flatter or cajole
[C18: from Portuguese palavra talk, from Latin parabola parable]

pa•lav•er

(pəˈlæv ər, -ˈlɑ vər)

n.
1. profuse and idle talk; chatter.
2. persuasive talk; flattery; cajolery.
3. a conference or discussion, orig. one between European traders, explorers, etc., and people indigenous to a region, esp. in Africa.
v.i.
4. to talk profusely and idly.
5. to confer.
v.t.
6. to cajole or persuade.
[1720–30; < Portuguese palavra word, speech, talk < Late Latin parabola parable]
pa•lav′er•er, n.

palaver


Past participle: palavered
Gerund: palavering

Imperative
palaver
palaver
Present
I palaver
you palaver
he/she/it palavers
we palaver
you palaver
they palaver
Preterite
I palavered
you palavered
he/she/it palavered
we palavered
you palavered
they palavered
Present Continuous
I am palavering
you are palavering
he/she/it is palavering
we are palavering
you are palavering
they are palavering
Present Perfect
I have palavered
you have palavered
he/she/it has palavered
we have palavered
you have palavered
they have palavered
Past Continuous
I was palavering
you were palavering
he/she/it was palavering
we were palavering
you were palavering
they were palavering
Past Perfect
I had palavered
you had palavered
he/she/it had palavered
we had palavered
you had palavered
they had palavered
Future
I will palaver
you will palaver
he/she/it will palaver
we will palaver
you will palaver
they will palaver
Future Perfect
I will have palavered
you will have palavered
he/she/it will have palavered
we will have palavered
you will have palavered
they will have palavered
Future Continuous
I will be palavering
you will be palavering
he/she/it will be palavering
we will be palavering
you will be palavering
they will be palavering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been palavering
you have been palavering
he/she/it has been palavering
we have been palavering
you have been palavering
they have been palavering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been palavering
you will have been palavering
he/she/it will have been palavering
we will have been palavering
you will have been palavering
they will have been palavering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been palavering
you had been palavering
he/she/it had been palavering
we had been palavering
you had been palavering
they had been palavering
Conditional
I would palaver
you would palaver
he/she/it would palaver
we would palaver
you would palaver
they would palaver
Past Conditional
I would have palavered
you would have palavered
he/she/it would have palavered
we would have palavered
you would have palavered
they would have palavered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palaver - flattery intended to persuade
flattery - excessive or insincere praise
2.palaver - loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
Verb1.palaver - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantlypalaver - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
blather, blether, blither, smatter, babble - to talk foolishly; "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
2.palaver - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"
soft-soap - persuade someone through flattery
browbeat, bully, swagger - discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
3.palaver - have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
parley - discuss, as between enemies

palaver

noun
1. fuss, business (informal), to-do, performance (informal), procedure, carry-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), pantomime (informal, chiefly Brit.), song and dance (Brit. informal), rigmarole We had to go through the whole palaver of changing our flight.
2. prattle, chatter, babble, yak (slang), hubbub, natter (Brit.), tongue-wagging, blather, blether I had to listen to a lot of palaver about political correctness.
3. conference, session, discussion, get-together (informal), parley, powwow, colloquy, confab (informal) Have you two finished your little palaver?

palaver

noun
Incessant and usually inconsequential talk:
Slang: gab, gas, yak.
verb
To talk volubly, persistently, and usually inconsequentially:
Informal: go on, spiel.
Slang: gab, gas, jaw, yak.
Translations

palaver

[pəˈlɑːvəʳ]
A. N
1. (= fuss) → jaleo m, desmadre m; (= trouble) → molestias fpl, trámites mpl engorrosos (US) (= chatter) → palabrería f
what a palaver!¡qué jaleo!
why all the palaver!¡no es para tanto!
that palaver about the caraquel jaleo que se armó con el coche
can't we do it without a lot of palaver?¿no podemos hacerlo sin meternos en tantos líos?
2. (= conference) → conferencia f, parlamento m
B. VIparlamentar

palaver

[pəˈlɑːvər] n (= fuss) → histoire f
What a palaver! → Quelle histoire!

palaver

n (inf)
(= fuss and bother)Umstand m, → Theater nt (inf)
(= conference)Palaver nt

palaver

[pəˈlɑːvəʳ] n (fam) (fuss) → storie fpl; (talk) → tiritera
References in classic literature ?
Frances pulled his hair heartily, and then went and seated herself on her husband's knee, and there they were, like two babies, kissing and talking nonsense by the hour - foolish palaver that we should be ashamed of.
Master Pedro did not care to engage in any more palaver with Don Quixote, whom he knew right well; so he rose before the sun, and having got together the remains of his show and caught his ape, he too went off to seek his adventures.
Poyser might sit down if he liked, she thought; she wasn't going to sit down, as if she'd give in to any such smooth-tongued palaver.
Cheyne knew by old experience what would happen; but anything of the nature of a public palaver was meat and drink to the man's soul.
And jist wid that in cum'd the little willian himself, and then he made me a broth of a bow, and thin he said he had ounly taken the liberty of doing me the honor of the giving me a call, and thin he went on to palaver at a great rate, and divil the bit did I comprehind what he wud be afther the tilling me at all at all, excipting and saving that he said "pully wou, woolly wou," and tould me, among a bushel o' lies, bad luck to him, that he was mad for the love o' my widdy Misthress Tracle, and that my widdy Mrs.
At their approach the villagers came pouring out, and Usanga advanced with two of his warriors to palaver with the chief.
The chief was among the first to return to the village, and as it was he that Tarzan was most anxious to interview, he lost no time in entering into a palaver with the black.
That night the village warriors held a big palaver to celebrate their victories, and to choose a new chief.
Here they were attacked by the bow-and-arrow men, whom they could not persuade to palaver with them.
She took him into the kitchen and they must have had a great palaver, for he didn't leave until after dark.
It would seem as if the very language of our parlors would lose all its nerve and degenerate into palaver wholly, our lives pass at such remoteness from its symbols, and its metaphors and tropes are necessarily so far fetched, through slides and dumb-waiters, as it were; in other words, the parlor is so far from the kitchen and workshop.
He was really surprised, but after some palaver he let me in together with the two loafers carrying my luggage.