[ preyt ]
/ preɪt /

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.


act of prating.
empty or foolish talk.

Nearby words

  1. prasad, rajendra,
  2. prase,
  3. praseodymium,
  4. prat,
  5. pratchett,
  6. pratfall,
  7. pratincole,
  8. pratincolous,
  9. pratique,
  10. prato

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prating


/ (preɪt) /


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


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 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.

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