prate

[preyt]
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.
noun
  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 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."

    The Crofton Boys

    Harriet Martineau

  • He could not have had his name if there had not been Prater the first.

    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

prate

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

prate

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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