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prattle

play
verb prat·tle \ ˈpra-tᵊl \

Definition of prattle

prattled; prattling play \ˈprat-liŋ, ˈpra-tᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :prate
2 :to utter or make meaningless sounds suggestive of the chatter of children :babble
transitive verb
: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

prattle Synonyms


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prattle

noun

Definition of prattle

1 :trifling or empty talk
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

play
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

play
verb prat·tle \ ˈpra-tᵊl \

Definition of prattle for Students

prattled; prattling
:to talk a great deal about unimportant or uninteresting things

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prattle

noun

Definition of prattle for Students

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


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