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palaver (n.)

1733 (implied in palavering), "a long talk, a conference, a tedious discussion," sailors' slang, from Portuguese palavra "word, speech, talk," from a metathesis of Late Latin parabola "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola "comparison" (see parable). A doublet of parole.

In West Africa the Portuguese word became a traders' term for "negotiating with the natives," and apparently English picked up the word there. (The Spanish cognate, palabra, appears 16c.-17c. in Spanish phrases used in English.) The meaning "idle profuse talk" is recorded by 1748. The verb, "indulge in palaver," is by 1733, from the noun. Related: Palavering.

updated on December 16, 2019

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Definitions of palaver from WordNet
1
palaver (v.)
speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly;
Synonyms: chatter / piffle / prate / tittle-tattle / twaddle / clack / maunder / prattle / blab / gibber / tattle / blabber / gabble
palaver (v.)
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering;
He palavered her into going along
palaver (v.)
have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds;
2
palaver (n.)
flattery intended to persuade;
Synonyms: blandishment / cajolery
palaver (n.)
loud and confused and empty talk;
Synonyms: hot air / empty words / empty talk / rhetoric
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.