[ preyt ]
See synonyms for: prateprating on

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

Other words from prate

  • prater, noun
  • prat·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·prat·ing, adjective

Words Nearby prate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prate in a sentence

  • My fanaticism is, that I insist on the American people abolishing Slavery, or ceasing to prate of the rights of man.

    No Compromise with Slavery | William Lloyd Garrison

British Dictionary definitions for prate


/ (preɪt) /

  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

Origin of prate

C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate

Derived forms of prate

  • prater, noun
  • pratingly, adverb

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