prate

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 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] …

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  • 3 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] …

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  • 4 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

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

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  • 6 Praté — praté, praton nm petit pré Normandie …

    Glossaire des noms topographiques en France

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 prate — chatter, *chat, gab, patter, prattle, babble, gabble, jabber, gibber …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

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  • 11 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

  • 12 prate — UK [preɪt] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms prate : present tense I/you/we/they prate he/she/it prates present participle prating past tense prated past participle prated an old word meaning to talk in a silly way for a long time about… …

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  • 13 prate — 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 ; chatter • prate noun • prater noun • pratingly adverb …

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  • 14 prate — prater, n. pratingly, adv. /prayt/, v., prated, prating, n. v.i. 1. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream. v.t. 2. to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest… …

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  • 15 Prate — This interesting surname is of Anglo Saxon origin, and is from a nickname for a clever trickster, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century praett , trick; this is found in use as a byname in the 11th Century, the Middle English (1200 1500)… …

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  • 16 prate — I. v. n. Prattle, chatter, tattle, babble, gabble, palaver, jabber, be loquacious, be garrulous. II. v. a. Tell (foolishly), babble, utter, prate about. III. n. Prattle, gabble, chatter, twaddle, palaver, idle talk, childish talk, twattle, non… …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 17 prate — [c]/preɪt / (say prayt) verb (prated, prating) –verb (i) 1. to talk too much; talk foolishly or pointlessly; chatter; babble. –verb (t) 2. to utter in empty or foolish talk. –noun 3. the act of prating. 4. empty or foolish talk. {late Middle… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 prate — 1. noun Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity. 2. verb To talk much and to little purpose; to chatter; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to …

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  • 19 prate — Synonyms and related words: absurdity, amphigory, babble, babblement, balderdash, bavardage, bibble babble, blab, blabber, blah blah, blather, blether, blethers, blow, bombast, brag, bull, bullshit, cackle, caquet, caqueterie, chat, chatter,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 prate — Mawdesley Glossary to speak insolently to an older person, to answer back …

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