palaver

Part of speech: verb

To flatter; cajole; talk idly.

Part of speech: noun

Empty talk, especially flattery.

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Usage examples "palaver":

  1. I think the Blackfeet have drawed off to have a palaver, an' won't be back for a bit, so I'll jist slip down the precipice by our secret path; an' if they do come back when I'm away, pepper them well wi' slugs. - "The Prairie Chief", R.M. Ballantyne.
  2. They are going to take a little suite of ten rooms and four baths in the Grand Palaver Hotel, and rough it there for the winter. - "Further Foolishness", Stephen Leacock.
  3. Stupid palaver like that might go down with some bigoted fool, but it will not affect a man of enlightenment. - "The Progressionists, and Angela.", Conrad von Bolanden.