[ prat-l ]
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verb (used without object),prat·tled, prat·tling.
  1. to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble.

verb (used with object),prat·tled, prat·tling.
  1. to utter by chattering or babbling.

  1. the act of prattling.

  2. chatter; babble: the prattle of children.

  1. 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

Other words for prattle

Other words from prattle

  • prattler, noun
  • prat·tling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prattle in a sentence

  • Markham was prattling on amiably, still trying not to be overcome by the funny joke of Bean owning things.

    Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for prattle


/ (ˈprætəl) /

  1. (intr) to talk in a foolish or childish way; babble

  2. (tr) to utter in a foolish or childish way

  1. foolish or childish talk

Origin of prattle

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

Derived forms of prattle

  • prattler, noun
  • prattlingly, adverb

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