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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prate, prattle, idle talk, blether, chin musicverb

    idle or foolish and irrelevant talk

  2. chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabbleverb

    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly


  1. pratenoun

    Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity.

  2. prateverb

    To talk much and to little purpose; to chatter; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to babble.

  3. Etymology: From 15th century praten, from Middle Dutch, akin to pratten. Cognate with Swedish: prata.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pratenoun

    Tattle; slight talk; unmeaning loquacity.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    If I talk to him; with his innocent prate,
    He will awake my mercy which lies dead. William Shakespeare.

    Would her innocent prate could overcome me;
    Oh! what a conflict do I feel. John Denham, Sophy.

  2. To PRATEverb

    To talk carelesly and without weight; to chatter; to tattle; to be loquacious; to prattle.

    Etymology: praten, Dutch.

    His knowledge or skill is in prating too much. Thomas Tusser.

    Behold me, which owe
    A moiety of the throne, here standing
    To prate and talk for life and honour, ’fore
    Who please to hear. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    This starved justice hath prated to me of the wildness of his youth, and the feats he hath done about Turnbal-street; and every third word a lie. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    After Flammock and the blacksmith had, by joint and several pratings, found tokens of consent in the multitude, they offered themselves to lead them. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Oh listen with attentive sight
    To what my prating eyes indite! John Cleveland.

    What nonsense would the fool thy master prate,
    When thou, his knave, can’st talk at such a rate. Dryden.

    She first did wit’s prerogative remove,
    And made a fool presume to prate of love. Dryden.

    This is the way of the world; the deaf will prate of discords in musick. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prateverb

    to talk much and to little purpose; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to babble

  2. Prateverb

    to utter foolishly; to speak without reason or purpose; to chatter, or babble

  3. Pratenoun

    talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity

  4. Etymology: [Akin to LG. & D. praten, Dan. prate, Sw. & Icel. prata.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prate

    prāt, v.i. to talk idly: to tattle: to be loquacious.—v.t. to speak without meaning or purpose: to let out, as a secret.—n. trifling talk.—n. Prā′ter, one who prates or talks idly.—adj. Prā′ting, talking idly or unmeaningly.—n. idle talk.—adv. Prā′tingly. [Low Ger. prāten, Dan. prate, Dut. praaten.]

Anagrams for prate »

  1. apert, apter, pater, petra, Petra, preta, repat, taper, trape

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of prate in a Sentence

  1. Chicago Tribune:

    When the police arrived, Anthony Prate was taken into custody and is currently being held in CookCounty Jail without bond. Daniels grisly death has put the spotlight back on the bizarre events leading up to the death of Anthony Prate first wife, Bridget Prate, who died in 2011. CHICAGO TODDLER UNHURT AS FATHER AND ANOTHER MAN DIE IN GUNFIRE EXCHANGE In that incident, Anthony Prate claimed Anthony Prate overheard Anthony Prate wife talking to another man and said they were plotting to kill Anthony Prate. Anthony Prate dialed 911 and demanded that both Anthony Prate wife of nearly 20 years and the man she was talking to be arrested. When authorities arrived, Bridget Prate told them it had all been a big misunderstanding and the officers left. Anthony Prate was charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 23 death of Anthony Prate girlfriend Malgorzata Daniel, a 48-year-old nurse who authorities said was stabbed 30 times in her home. ( Cook County Jail) Less than a week later, she was dead. Police found Bridgets crumpled body under the dashboard of a car that crashed while Prate was driving. Anthony Prate told the police that Anthony Prate wife had unbuckled Bridget Prate seat belt to look for Bridget Prate purse and a water bottle just seconds before Anthony Prate lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the center line, and hit an oncoming car and a tree before coming to a stop. When paramedics arrived, three bystanders had surrounded the car while Anthony Prate attempted to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Anthony Prate wife. Bridget Prate didnt have a pulse and Bridget Prate wasnt breathing. One of the bystanders said Anthony Prate, who had suffered only minor injuries, looked frantic and shocked.

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    an untroubled state; free from disturbances
    • A. guts
    • B. tranquillity
    • C. accessory
    • D. intelligence

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