- 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
Related Words for pratingclash, boast, jabber, gabble, clatter, drivel, brag, chat, utter, prattle, tongue, blab, chatter, gab, talk, yack
Examples from the Web for prating
Historical Examples of 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 for prate
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.