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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.]
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1. (intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter
2. (tr) to utter in an idle or empty way
idle or trivial talk; prattle; chatter
[C15: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch prāten, Icelandic and Norwegian prata, Danish prate]
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v. prat•ed, prat•ing,
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]
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Past participle: prated
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|Noun||1.||prate - idle or foolish and irrelevant talk|
|Verb||1.||prate - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly|
blabber, palaver, piffle, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, gabble, gibber, blab, clack, maunder, chatter
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
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1. To talk rapidly, incoherently, or indistinctly:
1. Unintelligible or foolish talk:
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