Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun palaver

2 senses of palaver

Sense 1
blandishment, cajolery, palaver -- (flattery intended to persuade)
       => flattery -- (excessive or insincere praise)

Sense 2
palaver, hot air, empty words, empty talk, rhetoric -- (loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric")
       => nonsense, bunk, nonsensicality, meaninglessness, hokum -- (a message that seems to convey no meaning)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb palaver

3 senses of palaver

Sense 1
chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble -- (speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly)
       => talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise -- (express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize")

Sense 2
wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigle -- (influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along")
       => persuade -- (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!")

Sense 3
palaver -- (have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds)
       => parley -- (discuss, as between enemies)

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