prate


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Related to prate: babble, voluble

prate

 (prāt)
intr.v. prat·ed, prat·ing, prates
To talk idly and at length; chatter: "Your eccentric fools who prate about method without understanding it" (Edgar Allan Poe).

[Middle English praten, from Middle Dutch prāten.]

prat′er n.
prat′ing·ly adv.

prate

(preɪt)
vb
1. (intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter
2. (tr) to utter in an idle or empty way
n
idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter
[C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate]
ˈprater n
ˈpratingly adv

prate

(preɪt)

v. prat•ed, prat•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble.
v.t.
2. to utter in empty or foolish talk.
n.
3. the act of prating.
4. empty or foolish talk.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle Dutch praeten. compare prattle]
prat′er, n.
prat′ing•ly, adv.

prate


Past participle: prated
Gerund: prating

Imperative
prate
prate
Present
I prate
you prate
he/she/it prates
we prate
you prate
they prate
Preterite
I prated
you prated
he/she/it prated
we prated
you prated
they prated
Present Continuous
I am prating
you are prating
he/she/it is prating
we are prating
you are prating
they are prating
Present Perfect
I have prated
you have prated
he/she/it has prated
we have prated
you have prated
they have prated
Past Continuous
I was prating
you were prating
he/she/it was prating
we were prating
you were prating
they were prating
Past Perfect
I had prated
you had prated
he/she/it had prated
we had prated
you had prated
they had prated
Future
I will prate
you will prate
he/she/it will prate
we will prate
you will prate
they will prate
Future Perfect
I will have prated
you will have prated
he/she/it will have prated
we will have prated
you will have prated
they will have prated
Future Continuous
I will be prating
you will be prating
he/she/it will be prating
we will be prating
you will be prating
they will be prating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prating
you have been prating
he/she/it has been prating
we have been prating
you have been prating
they have been prating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prating
you will have been prating
he/she/it will have been prating
we will have been prating
you will have been prating
they will have been prating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prating
you had been prating
he/she/it had been prating
we had been prating
you had been prating
they had been prating
Conditional
I would prate
you would prate
he/she/it would prate
we would prate
you would prate
they would prate
Past Conditional
I would have prated
you would have prated
he/she/it would have prated
we would have prated
you would have prated
they would have prated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prate - idle or foolish and irrelevant talkprate - idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak, cackle - noisy talk
Verb1.prate - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantlyprate - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
blather, blether, blither, smatter, babble - to talk foolishly; "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"

prate

verb
1. To talk rapidly, incoherently, or indistinctly:
2. To talk volubly, persistently, and usually inconsequentially:
Informal: go on, spiel.
Slang: gab, gas, jaw, yak.
noun
2. Incessant and usually inconsequential talk:
Slang: gab, gas, yak.
Translations

prate

(o.f.) [preɪt] VIparlotear, charlar
to prate abouthablar sin tasa de

prate

prate

[preɪt] vicicalare
to prate on about sth → parlare a più non posso di qc
References in classic literature ?
But, as thoughts are frozen and utterance benumbed, unless the speaker stand in some true relation with his audience, it may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive, though not the closest friend, is listening to our talk; and then, a native reserve being thawed by this genial consciousness, we may prate of the circumstances that lie around us, and even of ourself, but still keep the inmost Me behind its veil.
said Bildad, lifting his eyes and hands, thou thyself, as I myself, hast seen many a perilous time; thou knowest, Peleg, what it is to have the fear of death; how, then, can'st thou prate in this ungodly guise.
I know the age better than you do, though you will prate about it so tediously.
That, Sancho, thou art not," said Don Quixote; "for not only art thou not sage silence, but thou art pestilent prate and perversity; still I would like to know what three proverbs have just now come into thy memory, for I have been turning over mine own- and it is a good one- and none occurs to me.
Now, therefore, that the son of scheming Saturn has vouchsafed me to win glory here and to hem the Achaeans in at their ships, prate no more in this fool's wise among the people.
But there are no people I more heartily despise than your eccentric fools who prate about method without understanding it; attending strictly to its letter, and violating its spirit.
Nobody does--not really, however much they may prate about modest worth and other things they do not understand.
To talk to me about power, grandeur, eye, and to prate of thrones
How now," broke in the Prior in a quivering voice, his eyes glistening and his cheeks red with anger, "dost thou prate to my very beard, sirrah?
Your people prate of the just laws of Manator, and yet you would slay three strangers without telling them of what crime they are accused.
You soldiers all prate of the interests of civilisation.
With their damned prate and civilities, and doing the honour of their nation to strangers (as they are pleased to call it), but indeed setting forth their own vanity; they are so troublesome, that I had infinitely rather pass my life with the Hottentots than set my foot in Paris again.