from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Idle chatter.
- noun Talk intended to charm or beguile.
- noun A negotiation or discussion concerning matters in dispute, especially in the traditional cultures of West Africa.
- intransitive verb To talk idly or at length.
- intransitive verb Archaic To flatter or cajole.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Business; an affair to be settled; affairs.
- noun A dodge; a contrivance; a plot.
- noun A long talk; a parley; a conference, such as takes, place between travelers or explorers and suspicious or hostile natives; superfluous or idle talk.
- noun Parley; conference.
- noun Flattery; adulation; talk intended to deceive.
- noun Synonyms and See
- To talk idly or plausibly; indulge in palaver.
- To flatter; cajole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk intended to deceive; flattery.
- noun In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation; a debate.
- verb To make palaver with, or to; to used palaver; to talk idly or deceitfully; to employ flattery; to cajole.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Africa A
village council meeting.
Talk, especially unnecessarytalk, fuss.
- noun A
meetingat which there is much talk.
- noun informal
- verb To
discusswith much talk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
- verb speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- verb influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
- noun flattery intended to persuade
- noun loud and confused and empty talk
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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;
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.
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.
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