- 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 prating
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.The Iliad
“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
- (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 prating
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.