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.

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

Synonyms for prattle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prattler

Historical Examples of 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.

  • Mr. Prattler (before a portrait of Lady Hamilton by Romney).

    Voces Populi

    F. Anstey

  • She found the first a prattler, and could not perceive any merit in the second.

    Voltaire's Romances

    Franois-Marie Arouet

  • It was not up above, in the sunlight, that the Prattler spoke; it was here, in this night of the underworld.

British Dictionary definitions for prattler



(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 prattler



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

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