- n flattery intended to persuade
- n loud and confused and empty talk
- v speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- v influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
He palavered her into going along
- v have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds
- Never mind the popular palaver about a good marriage as a source of bliss for the couple, security for the kids and stability for society.
- The palaver apparently paid off.
- Since Socrates, after considerable palaver, raised the poison cup of hemlock and escaped the indignity of public execution, modern nations have decided that a man under sentence .
- Marcello Lippi in Sydney Morning Herald
Every coach has his cross to bear, a player with public and press pressure behind him,added Lippi. "This doesn't create a problem for me and I don't give explanations because they cause more of a palaver than they are worth."
- Chris Martin in Digital Spy
I find it pretty embarrassing, all the palaver [over Jay-Z's booking],Martin said.
- Tony Blair in The Canberra Times
In an interview for Christmas Voices, Mr Blair says, "It would have caused such a palaver if I had done it while I was still in office."