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Definition of prate in English:


[no object]
Talk foolishly or at tedious length about something: I sat in my pew and heard him prate on for at least an hour and a half
More example sentences
  • Our culture is riven with ambiguity; we prate of our history but erase anything inconvenient from our collective hard-drive.
  • 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’.
  • How we dare even prate about democracy is beyond me.


Pronunciation: /ˈpreɪtə/
noun ( rare)
Example sentences
  • Your mother most certainly did not want you in contact with that prissy prater!
  • But if the bawler - I made a slip, I meant to say prater - as they so often do, begins some old wives' tale, everybody awakens, straightens up, and gapes for it.


Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German praten, probably of imitative origin.

Words that rhyme with prate

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