prattle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prattle speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n prattle idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Prattle To talk much and idly; to prate; hence, to talk lightly and artlessly, like a child; to utter child's talk.
    • v. t Prattle To utter as prattle; to babble; as, to prattle treason.
    • n Prattle Trifling or childish tattle; empty talk; loquacity on trivial subjects; prate; babble. "Mere prattle , without practice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prattle To talk artlessly and childishly; talk freely and idly, like a child; chatter; be loquacious; prate.
    • prattle To force or effect by talking; bring or lead by prattling.
    • prattle To utter in a babbling or childish manner.
    • n prattle Artless or childish talk; hence, puerile loquacity; twaddle.
    • n prattle Synonyms Prattle, Prating, Chat, Chatter, Babble, Tattle, Gossip, Gabble, Palaver, Twaddle, Gibberish, Jargon, Balderdash, Rigmarole. Prattle is generally harmless, if not pleasant, as the prattle of a child, or of a simple-minded person; prating now generally suggests the idea of boasting or talking above one's knowledge; chat is easy conversation upon light and agreeable subjects, as social chat beside an open fire; chatter is incessant or abundant talk, seeming rather foolish and sounding pretty much alike; babble or babbling is talk that is foolish to inaneness, as that of the drunkard (Prov. xxiii. 29); tattle is talk upon subjects that are petty, and especially such as breed scandal; gossip is the small talk of the neighborhood, especially upon personal matters, perhaps dealing with scandal; gabble is a contemptuous word, putting the talk upon the level of the sounds made by geese; palaver implies that the talk is either longer than is necessary, or wordy, or meant to deceive by flattery and plausibility; twaddle is mere silliness in talk; gibberish is mere sounds strung together without sense; jargon is talk that is unintelligible by the mingling of sounds or by the lack of meaning; balderdash is noisy nonsense; rigmarole is talk that has the form of sense, but is really incoherent, confused, or nonsensical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Prattle prat′l to talk much and idly: to utter child's talk
    • v.t Prattle to talk about in a prattling way
    • n Prattle empty talk
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.”
  • Epictetus
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    “Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of prate,

Usage

In literature:

Well, this prattling letter from Nina caused him some reflection and some uneasy qualms.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
It was like watching a little child smiling and prattling on the road to its mother's funeral.
"The Squire of Sandal-Side" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
This was all the amiable young man needed to encourage him to indefinite prattle.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
Jerry's gaiety was as the prattle of a child to her now.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
He did not want to prattle nonsense.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
But the fountain prattles never.
"Hymns, Songs, and Fables, for Young People" by Eliza Lee Follen
Mindful of their vows to their father, the sisters lived at peace and held their peace in the presence of their prattling neighbors.
"My Neighbors" by Caradoc Evans
Occasionally there is some prattle about the "dignity of labor," as a rule meaningless in the light of our current ideas of success.
"Wage Earning and Education" by R. R. Lutz
Her father was furious now, and tired of her prattle.
"The Bad Man" by Charles Hanson Towne
Michael was very silent; it almost made her nervous, but she prattled on.
"The Man and the Moment" by Elinor Glyn
The little comrade, listened to no longer, ceased her prattle and napped off too.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
She prattled "elephant talk," but the old fellow could not reach her.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
The man, meanwhile, moved easily beside her, courteously distant, discourteously insistent in his prattle.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
He listened to people's talk as though it had been children's prattle.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
It seems almost a sacrilege to bob around and prattle in such surroundings.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
The grandsire turns wearily from his middle-aged, care-worn son, to listen with infant laugh to the prattle of an infant grandchild.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
It had to be written overnight, and it was she who sat by him and relieved the rush and strain of work with her cheerful prattle.
"The Loves of Great Composers" by Gustav Kobbé
Was all your talk about honorable scars just prattle to mislead the men who risked the scars?
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Todd felt sure that it was she who brought him whisky, and Byrne let him prattle on.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
PRATTLE: Thought I'd drop in and see how you were getting on.
"Plays of Near & Far" by Lord Dunsany
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In poetry:

Little ones so merry
Bed-clothes coyly lift,
And, in such a hurry,
Prattle "Christmas gift!"
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Or playing, prattling, seeking
For help--comes to my heart....
Ah sinful, Lord, I'm speaking--
How good Thou art!
"Mary At Nazareth" by Cale Young Rice
“’Ay, I will speak, for I was young
As thou art now, when I did hold
The prattling sweetness of thy tongue
Dearer than gold;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Your's the natural curling tresses,
Prattling tongues and shyness coy,
Tottering steps, and kind caresses,
Pure with health, and warm with joy!
"Children" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And ever she says, "He's dead! he's dead!
Your lord who went to battle.
How shall your baby now be fed,
Ukibo fed, with rice and bread--
What if I hush his prattle?"
"A Japanese Mother" by Cale Young Rice
"My father died; and still I found
"My mother fond and kind to me;
"I felt her breast with rapture bound
"When first I prattled on her knee—
"And then she blest my infant tone
"And little thought of yon grave-stone.
"All Alone" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

TUCSON'S DAILY journalists have prattled about the closing of the Tucson Rod & Gun Club shooting range in Sabino Canyon due to "safety considerations".
Some climb the mountaintops of Nepal to sit before an old guy wrapped in a bedsheet and listen to him prattle about inner beauty.
Miss Prattle Consulting Doctor Double Fee About Her Pantheon Head Dress,' 1772.
Johnny Manziel is muzzled, but college coaches prattle on.
Instead of getting to prattle on about books on my blog and leisurely recall those I have read during the last decade, I had to actually write news stories … my, umm, real job.
Media Prattling About Political Candidates' IQs Is Utter Nonsense.
I constantly prattle about my favorite lubes and preach "wetter's better".
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