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Noun: palaver  pu'laa-vu(r)
Usage: informal
  1. A long and complicated and confusing procedure
    - rigmarole, rigamarole [US]
     
  2. [informal, rare] Flattery intended to persuade
    - blandishment, cajolery
Verb: palaver  pu'laa-vu(r)
Usage: informal
  1. Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    - chatter, piffle, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle [informal], clack [informal], maunder, prattle, blab [informal], gibber, tattle, blabber [informal], gabble, rabbit [Brit, informal], vapour [Brit, Cdn], vapor [US], witter [Brit, informal], twattle [UK, dialect], yabber [Brit, informal], yatter [Brit, informal]
     
  2. Have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
     
  3. [informal, rare] Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    "He palavered her into going along";
    - wheedle, cajole, blarney, coax, sweet-talk [informal], inveigle

Derived forms: palavered, palavering, palavers

Type of: flattery, mouth, parley, persuade, procedure, process, speak, talk, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Encyclopedia: Palaver, a Romance of Northern Nigeria