- 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 prater
Will he not be called by them a prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing?The Republic
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.”
- (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 prater
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.