- to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
- to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
- act of prating.
- empty or foolish talk.
Origin of prate
Examples from the Web for prate
Is it not late in the day, Hogan, for you and me to prate of honour?The Tavern Knight
Will you hold your prate, or do you want me to kick you downstairs?One Of Them
Charles James Lever
It would be better to prate of Eric's love when he had told it thee, Swanhild.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
Prate not of these follies to me—do you take me for one of your priests?Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe
Tis but conceit, and nothing more, to prate of satisfaction!Cobwebs from a Library Corner
John Kendrick Bangs
- (intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter
- (tr) to utter in an idle or empty way
- idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter
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.