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verbIrish English, Southern, US, Midlands, English Regional
1no object To talk, to gossip.
2with object To announce, to spread (information) by word of mouth (frequently in pass. with it). In later use (also): to denigrate (someone) (United States regional (southern and south Midland)).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Southern Literary Messenger. Probably back-formation from noration, after orate or other verbs in -ate.
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