[ preyt ]
/ preɪt /

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.


act of prating.
empty or foolish talk.


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Origin of prate

1375–1425; late Middle English praten (v.) < Middle Dutch praeten. See prattle


prat·er, nounprat·ing·ly, adverbun·prat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for prater

/ (preɪt) /


(intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter
(tr) to utter in an idle or empty way


idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter

Derived forms of prate

prater, nounpratingly, adverb

Word Origin for prate

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