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[preyt] /preɪt/
verb (used without object), prated, prating.
to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble:
They prated on until I was ready to scream.
verb (used with object), prated, prating.
to utter in empty or foolish talk:
to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
act of prating.
empty or foolish talk.
Origin of prate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English praten (v.) < Middle Dutch praeten. See prattle
Related forms
prater, noun
pratingly, adverb
unprating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prate
Historical Examples
  • He hath right well shown their prate to be false by procuring my deliverance; more by token that I never believed it.

  • Is it not late in the day, Hogan, for you and me to prate of honour?

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Tis but conceit, and nothing more, to prate of satisfaction!

    Cobwebs from a Library Corner John Kendrick Bangs
  • Will you hold your prate, or do you want me to kick you downstairs?

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Nowadays we prate less priggishly about honor because it is no longer a word with a single meaning.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • It would be better to prate of Eric's love when he had told it thee, Swanhild.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • They who prate so much of paradise, let them go thither, and that with speed!

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • Men did not prate of art: they wrought in love and simplicity.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • And who are you that prate of constitutional formulas, rights of Parliament?

  • I know the age better than you do, though you will prate about it so tediously.

British Dictionary definitions for prate


(intransitive) to talk idly and at length; chatter
(transitive) to utter in an idle or empty way
idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter
Derived Forms
prater, noun
pratingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate
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Word Origin and History for prate

early 15c., from or related to Middle Dutch praten "to chatter" (c.1400), from a West Germanic imitative root (cf. East Frisian proten, Middle Low German praten, Middle High German braten, Swedish prata "to talk, chatter"). Related: Prated; prating. As a noun from 1570s.

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