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prate

[preyt] /preɪt/
verb (used without object), prated, prating.
1.
to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble:
They prated on until I was ready to scream.
verb (used with object), prated, prating.
2.
to utter in empty or foolish talk:
to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
noun
3.
act of prating.
4.
empty or foolish talk.
Origin of prate
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English praten (v.) < Middle Dutch praeten. See prattle
Related forms
prater, noun
pratingly, adverb
unprating, adjective
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  • Will he not be called by them a prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing?

    The Republic Plato
  • He could not have had his name if there had not been prater the first.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • At last Hugh was startled by hearing the words "prater," "prater the second."

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • Nor is it at all necessary for thee to be a prater, for others better than thou are present.

  • At last Hugh was startled by hearing the words “prater,” “prater the second.”

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • In the prater (public park) there are many interesting cafés.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • Wistik pretended to be very mysterious, but he is a prater who cannot keep his secret.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • It seems to me that the prater should have this charm for the Viennese.

  • He had already resolved on this course when he spoke to me in the prater.

    My Own Affairs

    Louise, Princess of Belgium
  • I tried the mare myself on the prater in the presence of the prince's envoy.

    My Own Affairs

    Louise, Princess of Belgium
British Dictionary definitions for prater

prate

/preɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to talk idly and at length; chatter
2.
(transitive) to utter in an idle or empty way
noun
3.
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 prater

prate

v.

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.

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