Palaver Definition

pə-lăvər, -lävər
palavers
noun
palavers
A conference or discussion, as orig. between indigenous Africans and European explorers or traders.
Webster's New World
Talk; esp., idle chatter.
Webster's New World
Talk intended to charm or beguile.
American Heritage
A negotiation or discussion concerning matters in dispute, especially in the traditional cultures of West Africa.
American Heritage
Flattery; cajolery.
Webster's New World
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verb
To talk, esp. idly or flatteringly.
Webster's New World
To flatter or wheedle.
Webster's New World
To confer.
Webster's New World

Origin of Palaver

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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