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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 prater
Historical Examples
  • 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


(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 prater



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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