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prate

[preyt]
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verb (used without object), prat·ed, prat·ing.
  1. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
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verb (used with object), prat·ed, prat·ing.
  1. to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
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noun
  1. act of prating.
  2. empty or foolish talk.
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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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Related Words

clashboastjabbergabbleclatterdrivelbragchatutterprattletongueblabchattergabtalkyack

Examples from the Web for prating

Historical Examples

  • The groom is a prating rascal, and your maid ought to mind her own affairs.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Charles James Lever

  • I will have no gallivanting, no cozening and smiling and prating and distracting.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • And now let there be no more of this prating in mid-battle as though we were children.

  • “I am tired of thy watching and prating,” declared Francis with spirit.

    In Doublet and Hose

    Lucy Foster Madison

  • Prating like a school-boy about a summons from Miss Wardour.

    The Diamond Coterie

    Lawrence L. Lynch


British Dictionary definitions for prating

prate

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

Word Origin

C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate
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Word Origin and History for prating

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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