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.

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

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.

  • 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



(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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