American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To flatter or cajole.
- v. To chatter idly.
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.
- n. Africa A village council meeting.
- n. Talk, especially unnecessary talk, fuss.
- n. A meeting at which there is much talk.
- n. informal Disagreement
- v. To discuss with much talk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- Originally nautical slang, from Portuguese palavra ("word"), from Late Latin parabola ("parable, speech") (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese palavra, speech, alteration of Late Latin parabola, speech, parable; see parable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“With all due respect, this palaver from the congressional representative is an example of the "red herrings", flawed reasoning and misguided focus prevalent within the entire debate about Health Insurance Reform.”
“And the whole Mr/Ms etc palaver is yet another bonus of having a PhD.”
“In the world of Animal Farm, most speechifying and public palaver is bullshit and instigated lying, and though many characters are good-hearted and mean well, they can be frightened into closing their eyes to what's really going on.”
“As no palaver is ever conducted without profuse libations, raw palm-spirit, distilled by themselves, was passed round in cocoa-nut shell-cups, and I was expected to keep pace – no slow one – with their drinking.”
“Now no man may call a palaver of all small chiefs unless he notifies the government of his intention, for the government is jealous of self-appointed parliaments, for when men meet together in public conference, however innocent may be its first cause, talk invariably drifts to war, just as when they assemble and talk in private it drifts womanward.”
“I go to the river to call a palaver of all free men," said Muchini;”
“Mandingo master can neither deprive his slave of life, nor sell him to a stranger, without first calling a palaver on his conduct, or in other words, bringing him to a public trial.”
“The Serawoolli thereupon called a palaver (or in European terms, brought an action) to recover damages for the loss of his beast, on which he set a high value.”
“Hereupon the kafir put her into confinement, and called a palaver upon the bushreen's conduct.”
“I was told, however, that the Mandingo master can neither deprive his slave of life, nor sell him to a stranger, without first calling a palaver on his conduct, or in other words, bringing him to”
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