Word of the DaySunday, June 08, 2014
\preyt\ , verb;
to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
empty or foolish talk.
"...What is prudence but avarice? What is generosity but a deceit? And yet men prate of themselves as if they were deities."
-- Anonymous, Herbert Wendall: A Tale of the Revolution, 1835
The stones of Cambridge no longer prate of thy whereabout! Death hath removed thee,—may it not be to that bourne where alone thy oaths can be outdone!
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Pelham: or, Adventures of a Gentleman, 1828
Prate finds its roots in the Middle Dutch praeten meaning "to speak." It came to English during the time when Middle English was spoken.
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