One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Talk foolishly or at tedious length about something.‘I heard him prate on for at least an hour and a half’
speak, give voice, chatchatter, chatting, chattering, gossiping, prattling, prating, gibbering, jabbering, babbling, gabbling, rattling on, speaking, talkingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German praten, probably of imitative origin.
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