Definitions for: Prate


[n] idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
[v] speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly



Webster (1913) Definition: Prate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Prated; p. pr. & vb. n.
Prating.] [Akin to LG. & D. praten, Dan. prate, Sw. & Icel.
prata.]
To talk much and to little purpose; to be loquacious; to
speak foolishly; to babble.

To prate and talk for life and honor. --Shak.

And make a fool presume to prate of love. --Dryden.


Prate, v. t.
To utter foolishly; to speak without reason or purpose; to
chatter, or babble.

What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate, When
thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate ! --Dryden.


Prate, n. [Akin to LG. & D. praat, Sw. prat.]
Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity.

Sick of tops, and poetry, and prate. --Pope.

Synonyms: blab, blabber, blether, chatter, chin music, clack, gabble, gibber, idle talk, maunder, palaver, piffle, prattle, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle

See Also: babble, blather, blether, blither, cackle, chatter, mouth, smatter, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize, yack, yak, yakety-yak

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