Definition of prate in English:



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  • Talk foolishly or at tedious length about something.

    ‘I heard him prate on for at least an hour and a half’
    • ‘As late as December, 1997 he was prating to MPs about the need for water in Scotland ‘to remain unambiguously in public ownership and to be clearly democratically accountable’.’
    • ‘So, I'm not going to stop prating on and on about my favorite sport, but I won't do it nearly as much.’
    • ‘How we dare even prate about democracy is beyond me.’
    • ‘Our culture is riven with ambiguity; we prate of our history but erase anything inconvenient from our collective hard-drive.’
    • ‘It's even worse for them to prate about privacy when it's clearly just a PR move.’
    speak, give voice, chat
    chatter, chatting, chattering, gossiping, prattling, prating, gibbering, jabbering, babbling, gabbling, rattling on, speaking, talking
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Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German praten, probably of imitative origin.