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Meaning of PALAVER

Pronunciation:  pu'lâvur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
  2. [n]  flattery intended to persuade
  3. [v]  have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
  4. [v]  influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
  5. [v]  speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

PALAVER is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: blab, blabber, blandishment, blarney, cajole, cajolery, chatter, clack, coax, empty talk, empty words, gabble, gibber, hot air, inveigle, maunder, piffle, prate, prattle, rhetoric, sweet-talk, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, wheedle
 See Also: babble, blather, blether, blither, browbeat, bully, flattery, hokum, meaninglessness, mouth, nonsense, nonsensicality, parley, persuade, smatter, soft-soap, speak, swagger, sway, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pa*la"ver\, n. [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L.
    parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See
    1. Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk
       intended to deceive; flattery.
    2. In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a
       public conference and deliberation; a debate.
             This epoch of parliaments and eloquent palavers.
  2. \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
          Palavering the little language for her benefit. --C.
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