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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Portuguese
Origin: palavra 'word, speech', from Late Latin parabola; PARABLE

palaver

noun
     
pa‧la‧ver [singular, uncountable] especially British English
informal unnecessary trouble and anxiety that makes something seem more important than it really is:
We could have done without all this palaver.
What a palaver over nothing!

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