prate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prate speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n prate idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prate Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity. "Sick of tops, and poetry, and prate ."
    • v. i Prate To talk much and to little purpose; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to babble. "To prate and talk for life and honor.""And make a fool presume to prate of love."
    • v. t Prate To utter foolishly; to speak without reason or purpose; to chatter, or babble. "What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate ,
      When thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prate To talk idly or boastfully; be loquacious; chatter; babble.
    • prate To utter foolishly; chatter.
    • n prate Idle or childish talk; prattle; unmeaning loquacity; twaddle.
    • n prate Synonyms See prattle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Prate prāt to talk idly: to tattle: to be loquacious
    • v.t Prate to speak without meaning or purpose: to let out, as a secret
    • n Prate trifling talk
    • n Prate idle talk
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to LG. & D. praten, Dan. prate, Sw. & Icel. prata,

Usage

In literature:

This is no time to prate of humanity.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Certain Germans have prated much of German "Kultur," have boasted of imposing this "Kultur" on the world by force of arms.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
Nay, then, this idle prating hath a certain foundation, as smoke aye shows some little fire beneath, and I'll tell it thee.
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
Who now may prate, "Evil is good misunderstood"?
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
When fops and fools together prate, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
Neither good nor ill wilt thou ever prate of mortal more, for I've drawn thy sting.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
For surely from your talk you must be one of those prating and soft fools of the Round Table?
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
But why would this old man keep prating of his political prophecies?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 11, No. 24, March, 1873" by Various
When fops and fools together prate, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Leave prating of yourself.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
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In poetry:

Prate not to me of foreign strand,
Of beauty o'er the sea -
"This is my own - my native land" -
The only land for me!
"The Only Land For Me (A currency Lad)" by Anonymous Oceania
But shame on me that I should prate
Of all that city's grace
And beauty in such quiet state
Around my own sweet place.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
The up-curled mouth of pleasure,
Can prate of sorrow's worth,
But give it a sip, and a wryer lip,
Was never made on earth.
"Preaching Vs. Practice" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And who cries out on crowd and mart?
Who prates of stream and sea?
The summer in the city's heart—
That is enough for me.
"London in July" by Amy Levy
Grand in forgiveness, what to thee
The big world's puny prate!
Or thy great heart hath ceased to be
Or loveth still its mate!
"To The Same" by George MacDonald
Then step for step within his arm,
She cheer'd him down the dewy way;
And no two birds upon the farm
E'er prated with more joy than they.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

Cali-style bullfighting: José Prates takes a bow with team members.
In his new position as principal consultant, Prate will be responsible for providing strategic advice to Parsons Brinckerhoff's transportation clients in infrastructure, financial, and project planning.
Thierry Prate Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff.
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