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[preyt] /preɪt/
verb (used without object), prated, prating.
to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble:
They prated on until I was ready to scream.
verb (used with object), prated, prating.
to utter in empty or foolish talk:
to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
act of prating.
empty or foolish talk.
Origin of prate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English praten (v.) < Middle Dutch praeten. See prattle
Related forms
prater, noun
pratingly, adverb
unprating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prate
Historical Examples
  • He hath right well shown their prate to be false by procuring my deliverance; more by token that I never believed it.

  • It would be better to prate of Eric's love when he had told it thee, Swanhild.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Tis but conceit, and nothing more, to prate of satisfaction!

    Cobwebs from a Library Corner John Kendrick Bangs
  • Men did not prate of art: they wrought in love and simplicity.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • Nowadays we prate less priggishly about honor because it is no longer a word with a single meaning.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • I know the age better than you do, though you will prate about it so tediously.

  • They who prate so much of paradise, let them go thither, and that with speed!

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • Is it not late in the day, Hogan, for you and me to prate of honour?

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • And who are you that prate of constitutional formulas, rights of Parliament?

  • Will you hold your prate, or do you want me to kick you downstairs?

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for prate


(intransitive) to talk idly and at length; chatter
(transitive) to utter in an idle or empty way
idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter
Derived Forms
prater, noun
pratingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate
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Word Origin and History for prate

early 15c., from or related to Middle Dutch praten "to chatter" (c.1400), from a West Germanic imitative root (cf. East Frisian proten, Middle Low German praten, Middle High German braten, Swedish prata "to talk, chatter"). Related: Prated; prating. As a noun from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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