intransitive verb (prated; prating) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German pratten to pout Date: 15th century to talk long and idly ; chatterprate nounprater nounpratingly adverb

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  • Prate — Prate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prating}.] [Akin to LG. & D. praten, Dan. prate, Sw. & Icel. prata.] To talk much and to little purpose; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to babble. [1913 Webster] To prate and talk for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prate — Prate, n. [Akin to LG. & D. praat, Sw. prat.] Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity. [1913 Webster] Sick of tops, and poetry, and prate. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prate — Prate, v. t. To utter foolishly; to speak without reason or purpose; to chatter, or babble. [1913 Webster] What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate, When thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate ! Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prate — (v.) early 15c., from M.Du. praten to prate (c.1400), from a West Germanic imitative root (Cf. M.L.G. praten, M.H.G. braten, Swed. prata to talk, chatter ). Related: Prated; prating …   Etymology dictionary

  • prate — index bombast, prattle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Praté — praté, praton nm petit pré Normandie …   Glossaire des noms topographiques en France

  • prate — [preıt] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Middle Dutch; Origin: praten] [i]old use to talk in a meaningless, boring way about something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prate — [ preıt ] verb intransitive an old word meaning to talk in a silly way for a long time about unimportant things …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prate — chatter, *chat, gab, patter, prattle, babble, gabble, jabber, gibber …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prate — ► VERB ▪ talk foolishly or at tedious length. ORIGIN from Dutch or Low German praten, probably imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • prate — [prāt] vi. prated, prating [ME praten < MDu, prob. of echoic orig.] to talk much and foolishly; chatter vt. to tell idly; blab n. idle talk; chatter prater n. pratingly adv …   English World dictionary

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