palaver

Palaver is a type of empty nonsense or useless talk. During an election year, you might tire of hearing the palaver of politicians.

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.

Definitions of palaver
  1. noun
    loud and confused and empty talk
    synonyms: empty talk, empty words, hot air, rhetoric
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    type of:
    bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality
    a message that seems to convey no meaning
  2. verb
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  3. verb
    have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
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    type of:
    parley
    discuss, as between enemies
  4. noun
    flattery intended to persuade
    synonyms: blandishment, cajolery
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    type of:
    flattery
    excessive or insincere praise
  5. verb
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    “He palavered her into going along”
    synonyms: blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle
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    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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