\ ˈprāt How to pronounce prate (audio) \
prated; prating

Definition of prate

intransitive verb

: to talk long and idly : chatter

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Other Words from prate

prate noun
prater noun
pratingly \ ˈprā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce prate (audio) \ 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, "Coalition of the Billing," 1 July 2004

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First Known Use of prate

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prate

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

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“Prate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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