Definitions for: Palaver


[n] loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
[n] flattery intended to persuade
[v] have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
[v] influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
[v] speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly



Webster (1913) Definition: Pa*la"ver, n. [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L.
parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See
Parable.]
1. Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk
intended to deceive; flattery.

2. In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a
public conference and deliberation; a debate.

This epoch of parliaments and eloquent palavers.
--Carlyle.


Pa*la"ver, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Palavered; p.
pr. & vb. n. Palavering.]
To make palaver with, or to; to used palaver;to talk idly or
deceitfully; to employ flattery; to cajole; as, to palaver
artfully.

Palavering the little language for her benefit. --C.
Bront?

Synonyms: blab, blabber, blandishment, blarney, cajole, cajolery, chatter, clack, coax, empty talk, empty words, gabble, gibber, hot air, inveigle, maunder, piffle, prate, prattle, rhetoric, sweet-talk, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, wheedle

See Also: babble, blather, blether, blither, browbeat, bully, flattery, hokum, meaninglessness, mouth, nonsense, nonsensicality, parley, persuade, smatter, soft-soap, speak, swagger, sway, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

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