prattle

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prate +‎ -le (early modern English frequentative suffix)

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prattle (third-person singular simple present prattles, present participle prattling, simple past and past participle prattled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To speak incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble.


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prattle (uncountable)

  1. Silly, childish, talk; babble.
    • c. 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Act I, scene I, line 27
      Mere prattle without practice is all his soldiership.

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  • prattle, in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2000

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