Definition of prattle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpradl/


[no object]
Talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way: she began to prattle on about her visit to the dentist
More example sentences
  • Successive governments have prattled on at length about the importance of this for our economy and for our businesses.
  • I understand if you don't want an annoying chatterbox prattling away in your ear while you eat.
  • The automatic writing prattled on like this at length, interrupted by neither full stop nor comma and driven by a rhyme scheme that might politely be described as random but which did not seem especially Japanese in origin.


Foolish or inconsequential talk: do you intend to keep up this childish prattle?
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  • Now, you can't hold him responsible for the random prattle of his sibling…
  • Witness the Swedish academy's citation, which told us that the seventy-five-year-old playwright ‘uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms’.
  • It goes along with prattle about ‘good corporate citizenship’, and the notion that particular corporations, like banks, have reputations which are determined by some kind of popularity polls.



Pronunciation: /ˈpradlər/
Example sentences
  • One can only hope that the new administration and a new generation of prattlers develop a realistic and holistic goal orientated approach to the burning local demands of today and yesterday.
  • Some boring prattlers were the champions of the shows.
  • I've seen passengers come close to blows with those pretentious prattlers.


Mid 16th century: from Middle Low German pratelen, from praten (see prate).

Words that rhyme with prattle

battle, cattle, chattel, embattle, rattle, Seattle, tattle

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Syllabification: prat·tle

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