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Definition talk — typically empty talk or flattery

Less commonly (and sometimes more specifically), palaver can refer to:
  • a long talk or meeting
  • excessive talk to no good end or to a meeting with such talk
  • anything that is a bother or waste of time
  • She hates positive thinking palaver.
palaver = empty talk
  • The website gets past the usual palaver and tells what it is really like to attend each college.
  • palaver = talk
  • if she'd give in to any such smooth-tongued palaver.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • palavering = talking (about nothing important)
  • Anyhow, after some palavering among the bench, the Prosecutor, and my counsel, the presiding judge announced that the court would now rise; there was an adjournment till the afternoon, when evidence would be taken.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • palavering = talking
  • He palavered her into going along
  • Will Jr said it was full of pointless froth, mere tiresome palaver, a tiresome rumble of symbolism.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • He often asked them to hold such palavers, as he called them.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • After a little palaver, Ralph said, "No problem."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Probably nothing to all the palaver about her.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • THE GUNSLINGER AND THE DARKMAN I The man in black led him to an ancient killing ground to make palaver.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • So after a great deal of palaver and good-natured argument, we reached what might be called a compromise.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • At that point a certain amount of palavering ensued.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • So my 'Footnote' deals with tactical palavers of no real importance.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Poyser might sit down if he liked, she thought; she wasn't going to sit down, as if she'd give in to any such smooth-tongued palaver.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Jake was not listening to the palaver very closely.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I palavered with Bud an' I wanted to know.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • "And now our palaver is finished," I said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Much later that night, Mebratu and Ghosh palavered over cognac and cigars.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Drouet was palavering himself with the looseness of excitement and passion.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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