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Below you will find the definition of palaver, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
EXAMPLES - Palaver in a Sentence
- And there was more palaver about the shoji panels. (source)
- After the usual half-hour's delay, the "palaver," to speak (source)
- "palaver" of his chiefs and head-men, before whom I stated my (source)
- "What does he mean by a 'palaver'?" asked the honest Swiss sheriff. (source)
- "I go to the river to call a palaver of all free men," said Muchini; (source)
- And the whole Mr/Ms etc palaver is yet another bonus of having a PhD. (source)
- You crave my bermuda hairy triangle and you are sick of my pathetic palaver. (source)
- "palaver" or "talk" with Major Hope, were now in the act of preparing supper. (source)
- Or because she wasn't interested in issuing "palaver" on a beat she didn't cover? (source)
- The usual "palaver" at once took place; during which everything was "sweet as honey." (source)
- The President, instead of speaking sense about the issue gives the same crappy palaver. (source)
- Hereupon the Kafir put her into confinement, and called a palaver upon the Bushreen's conduct. (source)
- He and his grip-sack were landed on the bank there and then, with but little "palaver" over it. (source)
- "All this kind of palaver naturally roused my childish curiosity as to the subject of intoxicants. (source)
- She took him into the kitchen and they must have had a great palaver, for he didn't leave until after dark. (source)
- Oh, dudes, the tale I could tell about my well-laid plan to palaver with Lucy et al. and its abrupt abortion. (source)
- (By "palaver" the slangy Crocodile meant a long, serious talk.) "Silly idiot!" cried the Mbambi, not very politely. (source)
- And because of his ego palaver, women who ear more than thier partners should take care not to rub it in their men's face. (source)
- I will offer you, dear L., a specimen of the "palaver"  which is supposed to prove the aphorism that all barbarians are orators. (source)
- I didnt have to worry about all this palaver when I lived at the beach and could surf every day, or even swim when there was no swell. (source)
- Given that the torch palaver is deemed a subject on which it is necessary to hold an opinion, I would like to put it out there that I do not agree. (source)
- "palaver" and treaty; this anon to be broken by some act of bad faith, leaving their "braves" at liberty once more to betake themselves to the war-path. (source)
- Serawoolli thereupon called a palaver (or in European terms, brought an action) to recover damages for the loss of his beast, on which he set a high value. (source)
- The Serawoolli thereupon called a palaver (or in European terms, brought an action) to recover damages for the loss of his beast, on which he set a high value. (source)
- Many novice writers, students in particular, think that writing is little more than copying down their self-talk, the palaver of the voices they hear in their heads. (source)
- Regarding that, if cards are played right we could avoid that whole communist/domino theory palaver throughout Asia and bring the Chinese, Viets, Indos et al on side. (source)
- She provided very convincing evidence of the demoralisation caused through drink, but with keen intuition she felt that little would come of the "palaver," and she was right. (source)
- Mandingo master can neither deprive his slave of life, nor sell him to a stranger, without first calling a palaver on his conduct, or in other words, bringing him to a public trial. (source)
- For some people, contributing time or money to a campaign -- and that's what counts, not palaver -- requires believing how some talk radio gasbag or cable "strategist" says it will all play out. (source)
- I was told, however, that the Mandingo master can neither deprive his slave of life, nor sell him to a stranger, without first calling a palaver on his conduct, or in other words, bringing him to (source)
- All he had to do was point out that the science was not settled and as such it would be wrong to fleece taxpayers for billions to feed the corporate parasites now making money for nothing from the palaver. (source)
- One beautiful story is more useful than all the palaver of well-intentioned (leaving aside the self-promotional aspect and travel advantages for the participants) literary panels on the role of art in society. (source)
- With all due respect, this palaver from the congressional representative is an example of the "red herrings", flawed reasoning and misguided focus prevalent within the entire debate about Health Insurance Reform. (source)
- While the magic words of the Declaration of Independence were not the empty "palaver" of a few ambitious leaders, yet the practices of the local and the national government belied the grand sentiments of that instrument. (source)
- Forty or fifty families constitute "a town," the government of which is generally in the hands of the oldest man, who administers justice by a "palaver" held in public, wherein the seniors of the settlement are alone consulted. (source)
- In the world of Animal Farm, most speechifying and public palaver is bullshit and instigated lying, and though many characters are good-hearted and mean well, they can be frightened into closing their eyes to what's really going on. (source)
- Hearing Bobo on NewsHour last night saying that President Obama needed to 'go slow' (integration was greeted with that same advice) on social programs so that he could gain trust, this kind of palaver ignores the kind of trust that those votes entailed. (source)
- I was told, however, that the Mandingo master can neither deprive his slave of life, nor sell him to a stranger, without first calling a palaver on his conduct; or, in other words, bringing him to a public trial; but this degree of protection is extended only to the native of domestic slave. (source)
- Grease paint, pyrotechnics, leather, and juvenile odes to sex and mayhem are a recipe for rock and roll greatness, and yet for some reason it is trumped by The Pretenders, Fleetwood Mac, and REM - all acts I enjoy and certainly belong in whatever goofy palaver dinosaurs like Jann Wenner fabricate these days, but not at the exclusion of motherfucking Kiss. (source)
- Turton appears the most difficult to settle; but if there is a will there will be a way, and it is easy enough to imagine the sort of civil, complimentary assurances from one to the other, that though there had been a great misunderstanding, it was no doubt unintentional, and all that sort of palaver which is so familiar to old stagers and parliamentary squabblers. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "palaver" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 17 synonyms for palaver.
babble, blab, cajolery, chatter, chitchat, clack, conference, conversation, debate, dialogue, discussion, flatter, flummery, gab, parley, talk, wheedle
We have 2 antonyms for palaver.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (pə-lăvˈər, -läˈvər)
View up to 25 definitions of palaver from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Idle chatter.
- (noun) Talk intended to charm or beguile.
- (noun) Obsolete A parley between European explorers and representatives of local populations, especially in Africa.
- (verb-transitive) To flatter or cajole.
- (verb-intransitive) To chatter idly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A village council meeting.
- (noun) Talk, especially unnecessary talk, fuss.
- (noun) A meeting at which there is much talk.
- (noun) Disagreement
- (verb) To discuss with much talk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Talk; conversation; esp., idle or beguiling talk; talk intended to deceive; flattery.
- (noun) In Africa, a parley with the natives; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation; a debate.
- (verb) To make palaver with, or to; to used palaver; to talk idly or deceitfully; to employ flattery; to cajole.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A long talk; a parley; a conference, such as takes, place between travelers or explorers and suspicious or hostile natives; superfluous or idle talk.
- (noun) Parley; conference.
- (noun) Flattery; adulation; talk intended to deceive.
- (noun) Synonyms and See prattle, n.
- (None) To talk idly or plausibly; indulge in palaver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
- (verb) speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- (verb) influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
- (noun) flattery intended to persuade
- (noun) loud and confused and empty talk