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Palaver \Pa*la"ver\, n. [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L.
parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See
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1. Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk
intended to deceive; flattery.
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2. In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a
public conference and deliberation; a debate.
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This epoch of parliaments and eloquent palavers.
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Palaver \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
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Palavering the little language for her benefit. --C.
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n 1: flattery intended to persuade [synonym: {blandishment},
{cajolery}, {palaver}]
2: loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric" [synonym:
{palaver}, {hot air}, {empty words}, {empty talk},
v 1: speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
[synonym: {chatter}, {piffle}, {palaver}, {prate}, {tittle-
tattle}, {twaddle}, {clack}, {maunder}, {prattle}, {blab},
{gibber}, {tattle}, {blabber}, {gabble}]
2: influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering;
"He palavered her into going along" [synonym: {wheedle},
{cajole}, {palaver}, {blarney}, {coax}, {sweet-talk},
3: have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of
different backgrounds

248 Moby Thesaurus words for "palaver":
absurdity, accents, adulate, adulation, advise with, affair,
amphigory, audience, babble, babblement, balderdash, bargain,
bargaining, bargaining session, bavardage, beslobber, beslubber,
bibble-babble, blab, blabber, blah-blah, blandish, blandishment,
blarney, blather, blether, blethers, bombast, bother, bull session,
bunkum, business, cackle, cajole, cajolement, cajolery, call in,
cant, caquet, caqueterie, chat, chatter, chinfest, chitter-chatter,
clack, claptrap, clatter, collogue, colloquium, colloquy, comment,
compare notes, compliment, conceit, concern, conclave, confab,
confabulate, confabulation, confer, confer with, conference,
confrontation, congress, consult, consult with, consultation,
convention, conversation, converse, council, council fire,
council of war, counsel, deliberate, dialogue, dictionary,
discourse, discuss, discuss with, discussion, dither, double-talk,
drivel, drool, duologue, elocution, exchange observations,
exchange of views, exchange views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter,
eyewash, fair words, fawn upon, fawning, fiddle-faddle,
fiddledeedee, flatter, flattery, flummery, folderol, fudge,
fustian, gab, gabble, galimatias, gammon, gas, get together,
get-together, gibber, gibberish, gibble-gabble, go on,
gobbledygook, gossip, grease, guff, gush, have conversations,
haver, high-level talk, hocus-pocus, hold conference,
honeyed phrases, honeyed words, hot air, huddle, humbug, idle talk,
incense, interchange of views, interview, jabber, jargon, jaw,
jawing, language, lexicon, lookout, make fair weather, meet,
meeting, mere talk, mumbo jumbo, narrishkeit, natter, negotiate,
negotiations, news conference, niaiserie, nonsense, nonsense talk,
nuisance, occasions, oil, oil the tongue, oral communication,
pack of nonsense, palavering, parley, parole, patter, performance,
pour forth, pourparler, powwow, praise, prate, prating, prattle,
prattling, press conference, pretty lies, prittle-prattle,
procedure, put heads together, question-and-answer session,
ramble on, rant, rap session, rapping, rattle, rattle on,
reason with, red tape, reel off, refer to, rigamarole, rigmarole,
rodomontade, round table, rubbish, run on, seance, seminar,
session, shoot the breeze, sit down together, sit down with,
sitting, skimble-skamble, slobber over, small talk, soap,
soft soap, song and dance, speaking, speech, spout, spout off,
stuff and nonsense, stultiloquence, summit, summit conference,
summitry, sweet nothings, sweet talk, sweet words, sycophancy,
take counsel, take up with, talk, talk away, talk nonsense,
talk on, talk over, talkee-talkee, talkfest, talking,
tittle-tattle, to-do, trash, trialogue, trumpery, twaddle, twattle,
twiddle-twaddle, vaporing, vocabulary, waffle, waffling, wheedle,
wheedling, words, yak, yakkety-yak, yakking

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  • Palaver - definition of palaver by The Free Dictionary
    And jist wid that in cum'd the little willian himself, and then he made me a broth of a bow, and thin he said he had ounly taken the liberty of doing me the honor of the giving me a call, and thin he went on to palaver at a great rate, and divil the bit did I comprehind what he wud be afther the tilling me at all at all, excipting and saving that he said "pully wou, woolly wou," and tould me
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