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prattle

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verb prat·tle \ˈpra-təl\

Definition of prattle

prattled

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prattling

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

prattler

play \ˈprat-lər, ˈpra-təl-ər\ noun

prattlingly

play \-liŋ-lē, -təl-iŋ-\ adverb

Examples of prattle in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of prattle

Low German pratelen; akin to Middle Dutch praten to prate


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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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of prattle

1555


PRATTLE Defined for English Language Learners

prattle

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verb

Definition of prattle for English Language Learners

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


PRATTLE Defined for Kids

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prattle

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verb prat·tle \ˈpra-təl\

Definition of prattle for Students

prattled

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prattling

  1. :  to talk a great deal about unimportant or uninteresting things


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prattle

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noun prat·tle

Definition of prattle for Students

  1. :  uninteresting or unimportant talk Amy's happy prattle became intolerable. — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer



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