prattle

[ 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.

noun

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

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Origin of prattle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM prattle

prat·tler, nounprat·tling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prattle

prattle
/ (ˈprætəl) /

verb

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

noun

foolish or childish talk

Derived forms of prattle

prattler, nounprattlingly, adverb

Word Origin for prattle

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