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palaver

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v palaver have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
    • v palaver influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering "He palavered her into going along"
    • v palaver speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n palaver loud and confused and empty talk "mere rhetoric"
    • n palaver flattery intended to persuade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palaver In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation; a debate. "This epoch of parliaments and eloquent palavers ."
    • Palaver Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk intended to deceive; flattery.
    • v. t. & i Palaver 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palaver A long talk; a parley; a conference, such as takes, place between travelers or explorers and suspicious or hostile natives; superfluous or idle talk.
    • n palaver Parley; conference.
    • n palaver Flattery; adulation; talk intended to deceive.
    • n palaver Synonyms and See prattle, n.
    • palaver To talk idly or plausibly; indulge in palaver.
    • palaver To flatter; cajole.
    • n palaver Business; an affair to be settled; affairs.
    • n palaver A dodge; a contrivance; a plot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palaver pa-lav′ėr talk or conversation, esp. idle talk: talk intended to deceive: a public conference: in Africa, a talk with the natives
    • v.i Palaver to use conversation: to flatter: to talk idly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L. parabola, a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See Parable

Usage

In literature:

But not if we stand palavering here.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Therefore he followed me here to hold palaver at a spot where we should not be observed.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
Now the "palavers" are held before Government officers.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Thanks to Maga for giving them the echo of their palaver!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
Chiefs came to palaver, offer gifts, and sue for our protection.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
This palaver is finished.
"The Keepers of the King's Peace" by Edgar Wallace
No palavering, or I'll bury you up again, and plant that same lauristinus-bush on your head!
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
To fight was impossible; a palaver had to be held.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
I'm due for a smoke an' a palaver!
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
In palaver thereon I managed to get local fishing-craft exempted.
"Pan-Islam" by George Wyman Bury
If you'll stick to the palaver that you spoke about mebbe we'll be able to git along for a minute or two.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She said, when he remonstrated with her, that she had no heart now for palavering and he had better find someone who was free and happy.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
I'm not going to stand here palavering all day, with my feathers up like a ruffed grouse.
"Little Folks (November 1884)" by Various
Now you and I sit down and have our palaver.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
A most characteristic Native Palaver followed.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Away with Governments, palavers, Dumas, and Courts of Law.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
No palavering won't make it any better.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
With feelings of keen anxiety, therefore, did they listen to the palaver, and watch the countenances of their captors.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Numerous committees were appointed, in true simian style, and amid endless speeches and palaverings, the thing was arranged.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
That ends the palaver.
"The Coming of the Law" by Charles Alden Seltzer
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In poetry:

I was trapp'd by the Serjeant's palavering pretences,
He listed me when I was out of my senses.
So I took leave to-day of all care and all sorrow
And was drill'd to repentance and reason to-morrow.
"Botany Bay Eclogues 04 - John, Samuel & Richard" by Robert Southey

In news:

North Carolinians have never been exposed to such a concentration of political palaver as they have since spring.
On a busy commercial strip in the Los Angeles-area community of Hacienda Heights is a quiet place where the walls are dabbed with red and two waterfalls flow silently — perfect for a palaver with a paramour.
Want some palaver with your pizza.
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