[ prat-l ]
/ ˈpræt l /

verb (used without object), prat·tled, prat·tling.

to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble.

verb (used with object), prat·tled, prat·tling.

to utter by chattering or babbling.


the act of prattling.
chatter; babble: the prattle of children.
a babbling sound: the prattle of water rushing over stones.

Nearby words

  1. pratincolous,
  2. pratique,
  3. prato,
  4. pratt,
  5. pratt, edwin john,
  6. prattville,
  7. pratyahara,
  8. pratyeka,
  9. prau,
  10. prausnitz-küstner reaction

Origin of prattle

1525–35; < Middle Low German pratelen to chatter, frequentative of praten to prate; see -le

Related formsprat·tler, nounprat·tling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prattle


/ (ˈprætəl) /


(intr) to talk in a foolish or childish way; babble
(tr) to utter in a foolish or childish way


foolish or childish talk
Derived Formsprattler, nounprattlingly, adverb

Word Origin for prattle

C16: from Middle Low German pratelen to chatter; see prate

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Word Origin and History for prattle



1530s, frequentative of prate (q.v.). Related: Prattled; prattling. The noun is attested from 1550s.

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