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English noun: palaver

1. palaver (communication) flattery intended to persuade

Synonymsblandishment, cajolery

Broader (hypernym)flattery

2. palaver (communication) loud and confused and empty talk

SamplesMere rhetoric.

Synonymsempty talk, empty words, hot air, rhetoric

Broader (hypernym)bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality

English verb: palaver

1. palaver (communication) speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

Synonymsblab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Narrower (hyponym)babble, blather, blether, blither, smatter

2. palaver (communication) influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

SamplesHe palavered her into going along.

Synonymsblarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Broader (hypernym)persuade

Narrower (hyponym)browbeat, bully, soft-soap, swagger

3. palaver (communication) have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

ExamplesSam and Sue palaver, Sam wants to palaver with Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)parley

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