from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Idle chatter.
- n. Talk intended to charm or beguile.
- n. Obsolete A parley between European explorers and representatives of local populations, especially in Africa.
- transitive v. To flatter or cajole.
- intransitive v. To chatter idly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A village council meeting.
- n. Talk, especially unnecessary talk, fuss.
- n. A meeting at which there is much talk.
- n. Disagreement
- v. To discuss with much talk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk intended to deceive; flattery.
- n. In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation; a debate.
- v. To make palaver with, or to; to used palaver; to talk idly or deceitfully; to employ flattery; to cajole.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Parley; conference.
- n. Flattery; adulation; talk intended to deceive.
- n. Synonyms and See prattle, n.
- To talk idly or plausibly; indulge in palaver.
- To flatter; cajole.
- n. Business; an affair to be settled; affairs.
- n. A dodge; a contrivance; a plot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
- v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- v. influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
- n. flattery intended to persuade
- n. loud and confused and empty talk
Portuguese palavra, speech, alteration of Late Latin parabola, speech, parable; see parable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally nautical slang, from Portuguese palavra ("word"), from Late Latin parabola ("parable, speech") (Wiktionary)