To prevaricate is to dance around the truth or speak evasively.
An example of prevaricate is what you do when your mother asks you where you have been and you don't want to tell her.
To turn aside from, or evade, the truth; equivocate.
To behave in an evasive or indecisive manner, usually in delay.
To speak or write evasively; equivocate.
To utter or say in an evasive manner.
To tell an untruth; lie.
Origin of prevaricate
- Latin praevāricārī praevāricāt- to straddle across (something), collude (used of lawyers) prae- pre- vāricāre to straddle (from vāricus straddling) (from vārus bow-legged, bandy)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition