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. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of praten

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