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prate

play
verb \ˈprāt\

Definition of prate

prat·edprat·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to talk long and idly :  chatter

prate noun
prat·er noun
prat·ing·ly play \ˈprā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb


Examples of prate

  1. <the young executive gratingly prated on about his weekend hobnobbing with the rich>



Origin of prate

Middle English, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German pratten to pout


First Known Use: 15th century


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