prate

prate

[preyt]
verb (used without object), prated, prating.
1.
to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
verb (used with object), prated, prating.
2.
to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
noun
3.
act of prating.
4.
empty or foolish talk.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English praten (v.) < Middle Dutch praeten. See prattle

prater, noun
pratingly, adverb
unprating, adjective
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prate (preɪt)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter
2.  (tr) to utter in an idle or empty way
 
n
3.  idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter
 
[C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate]
 
'prater
 
n
 
'pratingly
 
adv

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prate
c.1420, from M.Du. praten "to prate" (c.1400), from a W.Gmc. imitative root (cf. M.L.G. praten, M.H.G. braten, Swed. prata "to talk, chatter").
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