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- (transitive, intransitive) To speak incessantly and in an inconsequential or childish manner; to babble.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:prattle
- 1952, Daphne Du Maurier, “Monte Verità”, in The Apple Tree:
- I looked across at Anna, and I noticed that her eyes had grown strangely blank, without expression. I felt instinctively that the subject brought up by Victor was one she would not have chosen. Victor, insensitive to this, went prattling on.
to talk incessantly; to babble
- Silly, childish talk; babble.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i], line 27:
- Mere prattle without practice is all his soldiership.
- prattle, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (2000)
- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “prattle”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.