prattle

  • 1Prattle — Prat tle, v. t. To utter as prattle; to babble; as, to prattle treason. Addison. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2prattle — I noun blather, gabble, nonsensical talk, twaddle, verbiage II verb babble, blather, chatter, gab, jabber, prate, prattle, talk nonsense III index jargon (unintelligible language), prattle, speech B …

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  • 3Prattle — Prat tle, n. Trifling or childish tattle; empty talk; loquacity on trivial subjects; prate; babble. [1913 Webster] Mere prattle, without practice. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4Prattle — Prat tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prattled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prattling}.] [Freq. of prate.] To talk much and idly; to prate; hence, to talk lightly and artlessly, like a child; to utter child s talk. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5prattle — (v.) 1530s, frequentative of PRATE (Cf. prate) (q.v.). Related: Prattled; prattling. The noun is attested from 1550s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6prattle — chatter, patter, prate, gab, *chat, babble, gabble, jabber, gibber …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7prattle — [n] babble blubbering, burble, chatter, chit chat, drivel, gab, gabble, gibberish, gossip, hot air*, idle talk, jabber, jabbering, jargon, murmur, ranting, small talk, tattling, trivial talk, twaddle; concepts 266,278 …

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  • 8prattle — ► VERB ▪ talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way. ► NOUN ▪ foolish or inconsequential talk. ORIGIN Low German pratelen, related to PRATE(Cf. ↑prate) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9prattle — [prat′ l] vi., vt. prattled, prattling [MLowG pratelen, akin to MDu praten, PRATE] 1. PRATE 2. to speak in a childish way; babble n. 1. idle chatter 2. childish babble prattler …

    English World dictionary

  • 10prattle — v. 1) to prattle endlessly 2) (D; intr.) to prattle (on) about (he prattled on endlessly about his operation) * * * [ prætl] to prattle endlessly (D; intr.) to prattle (on) about (he prattled on endlessly about his operation) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11prattle — prattler, n. prattlingly, adv. /prat l/, v., prattled, prattling, n. v.i. 1. to talk in a foolish or simple minded way; chatter; babble. v.t. 2. to utter by chattering or babbling. n. 3. the act of prattling. 4. chatter; babble: the prattle of… …

    Universalium

  • 12prattle — prat|tle [ˈprætl] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Low German; Origin: pratelen] to talk continuously about silly and unimportant things prattle away/on ▪ What s Sarah prattling on about ? >prattle[i] n [U] >prattler n …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13prattle — [[t]præ̱t(ə)l[/t]] prattles, prattling, prattled VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone prattles on about something, you are criticizing them because they are talking a great deal without saying anything important. [INFORMAL] [V on/away about …

    English dictionary

  • 14prattle — verb (I) to talk continuously about silly and unimportant things: prattle on (about): What s Sarah prattling on about? prattle noun (U) prattler noun (C) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15prattle — I UK [ˈpræt(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms prattle : present tense I/you/we/they prattle he/she/it prattles present participle prattling past tense prattled past participle prattled to talk in a silly way for a long time about… …

    English dictionary

  • 16prattle — Synonyms and related words: absurdity, accents, amphigory, babble, babblement, babbling, balderdash, bavardage, be closeted with, bibble babble, blab, blabber, blah blah, blather, blathering, blether, blethers, blither, bombast, bull, bullshit,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17prattle — prat|tle1 [ prætl ] verb intransitive to talk in a silly way for a long time about unimportant things prattle prat|tle 2 [ prætl ] noun uncount silly talk about unimportant things …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18prattle — 1. verb he prattled on for ages See chat 2. 2. noun childish prattle See chatter 1 …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19prattle — [ˈpræt(ə)l] verb [I] to talk in a silly way for a long time about unimportant things prattle noun [U] …

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  • 20prattle — I. verb (prattled; prattling) Etymology: Low German pratelen; akin to Middle Dutch praten to prate Date: 1532 intransitive verb 1. prate 2. to utter or make meaningless sounds suggestive of the chatter of children ; babble …

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