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English Dictionary: palaver by the DICT Development Group
3 results for palaver
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
palaver
n
  1. flattery intended to persuade [syn: blandishment, cajolery, palaver]
  2. loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
    Synonym(s): palaver, hot air, empty words, empty talk, rhetoric
v
  1. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    Synonym(s): 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(s): wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigle
  3. have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Palaver \Pa*la"ver\, n. [Sp. palabra, or Pg. palavra, fr. L.
      parabola a comparison, a parable, LL., a word. See
      {Parable}.]
      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.
                                                                              --Carlyle.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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
      artfully.
  
               Palavering the little language for her benefit. --C.
                                                                              Bront[?]
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