[puh-lav-er, ‐lah-ver]
a conference or discussion.
a long parley, especially one between primitive natives and European traders, explorers, colonial officials, etc.
profuse and idle talk; chatter.
persuasive talk; flattery; cajolery.
verb (used without object), palavered, palavering.
to talk profusely and idly.
to parley or confer.
verb (used with object), palavered, palavering.
to cajole or persuade.

1720–30; < Portuguese palavra word, speech, talk < Late Latin parabola parable

palaverer, palaverist, noun
palaverment, noun
palaverous, adjective Unabridged
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palaver (pəˈlɑːvə)
1.  tedious or time-consuming business, esp when of a formal nature: all the palaver of filling in forms
2.  loud and confused talk and activity; hubbub
3.  (often used humorously) a conference
4.  rare talk intended to flatter or persuade
5.  (W African)
 a.  an argument
 b.  trouble arising from an argument
6.  (intr) (often used humorously) to have a conference
7.  (intr) to talk loudly and confusedly
8.  (tr) to flatter or cajole
[C18: from Portuguese palavra talk, from Latin parabolaparable]

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Word Origin & History

1733 (implied in palavering), "talk, conference, discussion," sailors' slang, from Port. palavra "word, speech, talk," traders' term for "negotiating with the natives" in W.Africa, metathesis of L.L. parabola "speech, discourse," from L. parabola "comparison." Meaning "idle talk" first recorded 1748.
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Example sentences
In no mood to palaver, the commandos dragged him outside and chucked him in the back of a waiting truck.
We palaver about how the country has been transformed.
He and his father were fined and summoned to the palaver house (court) in the
  capital city.
Fortunately, one voice managed to cut through the penguin palaver.
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