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verb (used without object), prat·ed, prat·ing.
  1. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
verb (used with object), prat·ed, prat·ing.
  1. to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
  1. act of prating.
  2. empty or foolish talk.

Origin of prate

1375–1425; late Middle English praten (v.) < Middle Dutch praeten. See prattle
Related formsprat·er, nounprat·ing·ly, adverbun·prat·ing, adjective
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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


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for prater


  1. (intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter
  2. (tr) to utter in an idle or empty way
  1. idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter
Derived Formsprater, nounpratingly, 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.

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