Definition of palaver noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈlɑːvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈlɑːvər//
    , also NAmE//ˈlævər//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] (British English) a lot of unnecessary activity, excitement or trouble, especially caused by something that is unimportant synonym fuss What's all the palaver about? What a palaver it is, trying to get a new visa!
  2. 2[uncountable] (North American English) talk that does not have any meaning; nonsense He's talking palaver.
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent. (in the sense ‘a talk between tribespeople and traders’): from Portuguese palavra ‘word’, from Latin parabola ‘comparison’, from Greek parabolē ‘placing side by side, application’, from para- ‘beside’ + bolē ‘a throw’ (from the verb ballein).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: palaver