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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 ?
Be careful with the butter --twenty cents the pound it was, and mind ye, if-- Come, come, Captain Bildad; stop palavering, --away
So seldom do they ever exert themselves, that when they do work they seem determined that so meritorious an action shall not escape the observation of those around if, for example, they have occasion to remove a stone to a little distance, which perhaps might be carried by two able-bodied men, a whole swarm gather about it, and, after a vast deal of palavering, lift it up among them, every one struggling to get hold of it, and bear it off yelling and panting as if accomplishing some mighty achievement.
Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.