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Meaning of PRATE

Pronunciation:  preyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
  2. [v]  speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

PRATE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Prate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Prating}.] [Akin to LG. & D. praten, Dan. prate, Sw. & Icel.
    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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
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