Definition of norate in US English:


(also norrate)


Irish 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.