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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 prating
Historical Examples
  • Th'art a prating ass, there's no goodness in thee, I warrant, how dost thou?Vio.

  • I will have no gallivanting, no cozening and smiling and prating and distracting.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • I professed my ignorance of the way, to which he only replied, 'There is no time for prating—get up behind me.'

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • And now let there be no more of this prating in mid-battle as though we were children.

    The Iliad Homer
  • “I am tired of thy watching and prating,” declared Francis with spirit.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
  • prating like a school-boy about a summons from Miss Wardour.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
  • That the young waterman is no prating fellow he has already had proof, while of his loyalty he never doubted.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • T was he set us all agog in the beginning with his preaching and prating.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • It is not only my opinion, Col. Morden (proceeded the prating Peer), but it is the opinion of all my family.

  • There's no end to the mischief done by these busy, prating men.

British Dictionary definitions for prating


(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 prating



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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