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prattle

play
verb prat·tle \ˈpra-təl\

Simple Definition of prattle

  • : to talk for very long about something that is not important or interesting

Full Definition of prattle

prat·tledprat·tling play \ˈprat-liŋ, ˈpra-təl-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  prate

  3. 2 :  to utter or make meaningless sounds suggestive of the chatter of children :  babble

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to say in an unaffected or childish manner

prat·tler play \ˈprat-lər, ˈpra-təl-ər\ noun
prat·tling·ly play \-liŋ-lē, -təl-iŋ-\ adverb

Examples of prattle

  1. They prattled on into the night, discussing school, music, and friends.

  2. <spent an hour on the phone prattling on about nothing in particular>



Origin of prattle

Low German pratelen; akin to Middle Dutch praten to prate


First Known Use: 1532

Rhymes with prattle


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prattle

noun prat·tle

Definition of prattle

  1. 1 :  trifling or empty talk

  2. 2 :  a sound that is meaningless, repetitive, and suggestive of the chatter of children



Examples of prattle

  1. <parents often claim to understand the prattle of their infant offspring>



1555

First Known Use of prattle

1555



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