Palaver meaning

pə-lăvər, -lävər
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Talk, especially unnecessary talk, fuss.
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A meeting at which there is much talk; a debate.
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To discuss with much talk.
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Palaver is defined as charming talk, or chatter.

An example of palaver is a flirtatious conversation.

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To talk idly or at length.
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(informal) Disagreement.

I have no palaver with him.

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Talk; esp., idle chatter.
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Flattery; cajolery.
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To talk, esp. idly or flatteringly.
verb
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To flatter or wheedle.
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(Africa) A village council meeting.
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A negotiation or discussion concerning matters in dispute, especially in the traditional cultures of West Africa.
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To flatter or cajole.
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A conference or discussion, as orig. between indigenous Africans and European explorers or traders.
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To confer.
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Origin of palaver

  • Portuguese palavra speech alteration of Late Latin parabola speech, parable parable

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originally nautical slang, from Portuguese palavra (“word"), from Late Latin parabola (“parable, speech")

    From Wiktionary