- Rhymes: -eɪt
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”).
prate (plural prates)
- To talk much and to little purpose; to chatter; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to babble.
- What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate, / When thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate!
- (speak (about unimportant matters)): blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prattle, twaddle
- (etymology) prate, in Compact Oxford English Dictionary.
- (etymolohy) prate, in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language.