prate

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From Middle English praten; related to Dutch praten (to talk, chat), Low German praten, Danish prate, Swedish prata (to talk, prate), Faroese práta (to talk, gossip), Icelandic prata; all ultimately from Proto-Germanic *prattuz (idle or boastful talk, deceit), from Proto-Indo-European *brodno- (to wander, rove). Cognate with Polish bredzić (to rave, jabber), Latvian bradāt (to talk nonsense).

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prate (plural prates)

  1. Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity.

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prate (third-person singular simple present prates, present participle prating, simple past and past participle prated)

  1. To talk much and to little purpose; to chatter; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to babble.
    • Dryden
      What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate, / When thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate!

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  • (etymology) prate, in Compact Oxford English Dictionary.
  • (etymolohy) prate, in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language.

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prate

  1. singular present subjunctive of praten

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