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PALAVER

 Dictionary entry overview: What does palaver mean? 

PALAVER (noun)
  The noun PALAVER has 2 senses:

1. flattery intended to persuade
2. loud and confused and empty talk

  Familiarity information: PALAVER used as a noun is rare.


PALAVER (verb)
  The verb PALAVER has 3 senses:

1. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
2. influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
3. have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

  Familiarity information: PALAVER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PALAVER (noun)


Sense 1palaver [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flattery intended to persuade

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

palaver; cajolery; blandishment

Hypernyms ("palaver" is a kind of...):

flattery (excessive or insincere praise)


Sense 2palaver [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Loud and confused and empty talk

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

empty talk; empty words; hot air; palaver; rhetoric

Context example:

mere rhetoric

Hypernyms ("palaver" is a kind of...):

bunk; hokum; meaninglessness; nonsense; nonsensicality (a message that seems to convey no meaning)


PALAVER (verb)


Sense 1palaver [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

piffle; prate; prattle; tattle; tittle-tattle; palaver; gibber; gabble; blabber; twaddle; blab; maunder; clack; chatter

Hypernyms (to "palaver" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "palaver"):

babble; blather; blether; blither; smatter (to talk foolishly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2palaver [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

wheedle; sweet-talk; inveigle; coax; cajole; blarney; palaver

Context example:

He palavered her into going along

Hypernyms (to "palaver" is one way to...):

persuade (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "palaver"):

soft-soap (persuade someone through flattery)

browbeat; bully; swagger (discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Sense 3palaver [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "palaver" is one way to...):

parley (discuss, as between enemies)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue palaver
Sam wants to palaver with Sue


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