prattle

[prat-l]
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verb (used with object), prat·tled, prat·tling.
  1. to utter by chattering or babbling.
noun
  1. the act of prattling.
  2. chatter; babble: the prattle of children.
  3. a babbling sound: the prattle of water rushing over stones.

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

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Contemporary Examples of prattle

  • Then, since the Battleground states are something about which the Talking Heads like to prattle.

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    The Prattleground States

    Megan McArdle

    November 7, 2012

Historical Examples of prattle

  • You know how readily we get into prattle upon a subject dear to our heart: you can excuse it.

  • As for all the prattle about pre-Raphaelitism, I confess to you I am weary of it, and long have been.

  • The boy had pattered French with the former since he had first begun to prattle at all.

  • He listened to people's talk as though it had been children's prattle.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • Her prattle seeped in and he became aware of it and what she was saying.

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    James McConnell


British Dictionary definitions for prattle

prattle

verb
  1. (intr) to talk in a foolish or childish way; babble
  2. (tr) to utter in a foolish or childish way
noun
  1. 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
v.

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

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