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prattle

[prat-l] /ˈpræt l/
verb (used without object), prattled, prattling.
1.
to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble.
verb (used with object), prattled, prattling.
2.
to utter by chattering or babbling.
noun
3.
the act of prattling.
4.
chatter; babble:
the prattle of children.
5.
a babbling sound:
the prattle of water rushing over stones.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Middle Low German pratelen to chatter, frequentative of praten to prate; see -le
Related forms
prattler, noun
prattlingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. gab, jabber, gabble, blab.
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Examples for prattling
  • The prattling pedlars of positivism deserve to be mocked.
  • Her students are thugs, her colleagues are prattling nitwits.
  • It seemed to me there was so much prattling, and that the world was full of meaningless words.
  • And so the pair went on prattling, as in quite early days.
  • He turns every conversation back to himself, prattling on about his own opinions and thoughts, but never deigns to ask about you.
  • It's the only way to hear all of the sounds: the chipmunks prattling through the leaves, the spiders spinning.
British Dictionary definitions for prattling

prattle

/ˈprætəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to talk in a foolish or childish way; babble
2.
(transitive) to utter in a foolish or childish way
noun
3.
foolish or childish talk
Derived Forms
prattler, noun
prattlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Low German pratelen to chatter; see prate
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Word Origin and History for prattling
prattle
1532, frequentative of prate (q.v.). The noun is attested from 1555.
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