- to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble.
- 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.
Origin of prattle
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1. gab, jabber, gabble, blab.
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Examples from the Web for prattler
I swear that, for a prattler, I deserve to be driven with cudgels from his service by my master!The Cid Campeador
Antonio de Trueba
But she could not explain this to Dot, and Dot was a prattler.The Corner House Girls on a Tour
Grace Brooks Hill
Mr. Prattler (before a portrait of Lady Hamilton by Romney).Voces Populi
She found the first a prattler, and could not perceive any merit in the second.Voltaire's Romances
It was not up above, in the sunlight, that the Prattler spoke; it was here, in this night of the underworld.The Man With the Black Feather
- (intr) to talk in a foolish or childish way; babble
- (tr) to utter in a foolish or childish way
- foolish or childish talk
C16: from Middle Low German pratelen to chatter; see prate
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Word Origin and History for prattler
1530s, frequentative of prate (q.v.). Related: Prattled; prattling. The noun is attested from 1550s.
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