[ preyt ]
/ preɪt /
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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.
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Origin of prate
1375–1425; late Middle English praten (v.) <Middle Dutch praeten.See prattle
OTHER WORDS FROM prateprater, nounprat·ing·ly, adverbun·prat·ing, adjective
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How to use prate in a sentence
Weakness and foolish prating about righteousness and virtue were never worth a dollar.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
Well, Mr. Macdonald was prating, as usual, about the antiquity of Scotland and its aeons of stirring history.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland|Kate Douglas Wiggin
Prating like a school-boy about a summons from Miss Wardour.The Diamond Coterie|Lawrence L. Lynch
But the Huguenot generals evidently imagined that there was nothing in the speech beyond the prating of a silly braggart.History of the Rise of the Huguenots|Henry Baird
A hundred priests prating to the same effect in a hundred quarters produced no contemptible result.Sarchedon|G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
British Dictionary definitions for prate
/ (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 forms of prateprater, nounpratingly, adverb
Word Origin for prate
C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate
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