"palaver" Definition

Definitions for the word "palaver" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk intended to deceive; flattery.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
2. n.
In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation; a debate.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
3. v. t. & i.
To make palaver with, or to; to used palaver;to talk idly or deceitfully; to employ flattery; to cajole; as, to palaver artfully.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
4. n.
Colloq. Tedious fuss and bother. [latin: related to *parable]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
5. slang
to ask, or talk—deceitfully or otherwise, as occasion requires; “PALAVER to his nibs for a shant of bivvy,” ask the master for a pot of beer. NANTEE PALAVER (pronounced PERLARVER), cease talking. In this sense used by tramps. Derived from the Portuguese.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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