prattle

[prat-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:
1525–35; < Middle Low German pratelen to chatter, frequentative of praten to prate; see -le

prattler, noun
prattlingly, adverb


1. gab, jabber, gabble, blab.
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prattle (ˈprætəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to talk in a foolish or childish way; babble
2.  (tr) to utter in a foolish or childish way
 
n
3.  foolish or childish talk
 
[C16: from Middle Low German pratelen to chatter; see prate]
 
'prattler
 
n
 
'prattlingly
 
adv

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prattle
1532, frequentative of prate (q.v.). The noun is attested from 1555.
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Example sentences
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.
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