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Noun: palaver  pu'laa-vu(r)
  1. Flattery intended to persuade
    - blandishment, cajolery
     
  2. Loud and confused and empty talk
    "mere palaver";
    - hot air, empty words, empty talk, rhetoric
Verb: palaver  pu'laa-vu(r)
  1. Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    - chatter, piffle, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble, rabbit [Brit], vapor [Brit, Cdn], witter [Brit], yatter [Brit], yabber [Brit]
     
  2. Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    "He palavered her into going along";
    - wheedle, cajole, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigle
     
  3. Have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

Derived forms: palavers, palavering, palavered

Type of: bunk, flattery, hokum, meaninglessness, mouth, nonsense, nonsensicality, parley, persuade, speak, talk, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Encyclopedia: Palaver