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[ preyt ]
/ preɪt /
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Definition of prate

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.
noun
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

OTHER WORDS FROM prate

prater, nounprat·ing·ly, adverbun·prat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prate

prate
/ (preɪt) /

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