EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), prat·ed, prat·ing. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream. verb (used with object), prat·ed, prat·ing. to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness. noun act of prating. empty or foolish talk. Origin of prate 1375–1425; late Middle English praten
Middle Dutch praeten.
prattle Related forms prat·er, noun prat·ing·ly, adverb un·prat·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for prater Historical Examples of prater
Will he not be called by them a
prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing?
At last Hugh was startled by hearing the words "
Prater," " Prater the second."
He could not have had his name if there had not been
Prater the first.
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.” British Dictionary definitions for prater verb (intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter (tr) to utter in an idle or empty way noun idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter Derived Forms prater, noun pratingly, adverb Word Origin for prate
C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch
prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate
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Word Origin and History for prater 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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