Definition of prate in English:



  • Talk foolishly or at tedious length about something:

    ‘I sat in my pew and heard him prate on for at least an hour and a half’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    speak, give voice, chat
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Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German praten, probably of imitative origin.