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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English praten; related to Dutch praten (to talk, chat), Low German praten, Danish prate, Swedish prata (to talk, prate), Faroese práta (to talk, gossip), Icelandic prata; all ultimately from Proto-Germanic *prattuz (idle or boastful talk, deceit), from Proto-Indo-European *brodno- (to wander, rove). Cognate with Polish bredzić (to rave, jabber), Latvian bradāt (to talk nonsense).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

prate (countable and uncountable, plural prates)

  1. Talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaningful loquacity.

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VerbEdit

prate (third-person singular simple present prates, present participle prating, simple past and past participle prated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To talk much and to little purpose; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly.
    Synonyms: blabber; see also Thesaurus:prattle, Thesaurus:chatter
    • Dryden
      What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate, / When thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate!
    • 1999 February 19, Stephen Holden, “'Office Space': One Big Happy Family? No, Not at This Company”, in New York Times[1]:
      Puffed up with fake jocularity, Bill epitomizes the smiley, buck-passing, back-stabbing, passive-aggressive office dictator who fears and despises his underlings while prating nauseatingly about everybody being one big happy family.

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ReferencesEdit

  • prate, in Compact Oxford English Dictionary.
  • prate, in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language.

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

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VerbEdit

prate

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of praten

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

prate (imperative prat, present tense prater, passive prates, simple past and past participle prata or pratet, present participle pratende)

  1. to chat (om / about)

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West FrisianEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

prate

  1. to talk

InflectionEdit

Weak class 1
infinitive prate
3rd singular past prate
past participle praat, praten
infinitive prate
long infinitive praten
gerund praten n
indicative present tense past tense
1st singular praat prate
2nd singular praatst pratest
3rd singular praat prate
plural prate praten
imperative praat
participles pratend praat, praten

Further readingEdit

  • prate”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011