- Talk at length in a foolish or inconsequential way: she began to prattle on about her visit to the dentistMore example sentences
chatter, babble, prate, blather, blether, ramble, gabble, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, rattle on/away, blither, maunder, drivel, patter, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, yap, jibber-jabber, cackle; Scottish & Irish slabber• informal chit-chat, jaw, gas, gab, blabber, yak, yackety-yak, yabber, yatter, shoot one's mouth offNorth American • informal run off at the mouthAustralian/New Zealand • informal mag
- 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.
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- Foolish or inconsequential talk: do you intend to keep up this childish prattle?More example sentences
- 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.
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- 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).