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prate

[preyt] /preɪt/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English praten (v.) < Middle Dutch praeten. See prattle
Related forms
prater, noun
pratingly, adverb
unprating, adjective
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prate

/preɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to talk idly and at length; chatter
2.
(transitive) to utter in an idle or empty way
noun
3.
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 unprating

prate

v.

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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