AskDefine | Define palaver

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1 flattery intended to persuade [syn: blandishment, cajolery]
2 loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric" [syn: hot air, empty words, empty talk, rhetoric]


1 speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly [syn: chatter, piffle, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble]
2 influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along" [syn: wheedle, cajole, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigle]
3 have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. talk, unnecessary talk, fuss
  2. a meeting at which there is much talk


  • 1899 — Stephen Crane, Active Service
    knowing full well the right time and the wrong time for a palaver of regret and disavowal, this battalion struggled in the desperation of despair.
  • 1899 — Stephen Crane, Active Service
    but of course it could not be done without an almost endless amount of palaver.
  • 1985 — Justin Richards, Option Lock, p 229
    Not for the first time, he reflected that it was not so much the speeches that strained the nerves as the palaver that went with them.


unnecessary talk, fuss
a meeting at which there is much talk


  1. to discuss with much talk


  • 1860: “That,” he rejoined, “is a way we Americans have. We cannot stop to palaver. What would become of our manifest destiny?” — Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 30, April, 1860

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