palaver

Palaver is a type of empty nonsense. In other words, a more refined way of saying "BS."

Whether you call it malarkey, hokum, mumbo-jumbo, or truthiness, there are a lot of words for talk that cannot be trusted or believed. Palaver is part of this club. Specifically, palaver tends to be hot air — empty words from a blowhard. Palaver can also be sweet talk — a type of flattery. You can use this word as a verb too: by palavering, you might try to impress someone or get someone to do you a favor.

Primary Meanings of palaver

1.
nv
loud and confused and empty talk
speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
2.
nv
flattery intended to persuade
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
Full Definitions of palaver
1

n loud and confused and empty talk

Synonyms:
empty talk, empty words, hot air, rhetoric
Type of:
bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality
a message that seems to convey no meaning

v speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

Synonyms:
blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle
Types:
babble, blather, blether, blither, smatter
to talk foolishly
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

Type of:
parley
discuss, as between enemies
2

n flattery intended to persuade

Synonyms:
blandishment, cajolery
Type of:
flattery
excessive or insincere praise

v influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

“He palavered her into going along”
Synonyms:
blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle
Types:
soft-soap
persuade someone through flattery
browbeat, bully, swagger
discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

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