Palaver - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pəˈlɑːvər|  American pronunciation of the word palaver
Brit.  |pəˈlɑːvə|  British pronunciation of the word palaver


- flattery intended to persuade (syn: blandishment, cajolery)
- loud and confused and empty talk (syn: rhetoric)


- speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly (syn: blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle)
- influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering(syn: blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle)
- have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds


Enough of this palaver. We have a lot to discuss.

...seemingly endless palaver between the negotiating parties...

...mothers palavering and drinking coffee while watching their children play...

...I let the salesclerk at the electronics store palaver me into a service contract that I didn't need....

We could have done without all this palaver.

What a palaver over nothing!

To write these letters by hand and deliver them - what a palaver!

He palavered her into going along

Word forms

singular: palaver
plural: palavers
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