prated; prating

intransitive verb

: to talk long and idly : chatter
prate noun
prater noun
pratingly adverb

Examples of prate in a Sentence

the young executive gratingly prated on about his weekend hobnobbing with the rich
Recent Examples on the Web Erinys doesn't prate about democracy or social betterment but simply guards oil pipelines. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, 1 July 2004

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prate was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near prate

Cite this Entry

“Prate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


prated; prating
: to talk at great length but with little meaning : chatter
prate noun
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