prattle

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From prate +‎ -le (early modern English frequentative suffix). Compare Dutch pruttelen and Dutch preutelen (to mutter).

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VerbEdit

prattle (third-person singular simple present prattles, present participle prattling, simple past and past participle prattled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To speak incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:prattle
    • 1952, Daphne Du Maurier, “Monte Verità”, in The Apple Tree:
      I looked across at Anna, and I noticed that her eyes had grown strangely blank, without expression. I felt instinctively that the subject brought up by Victor was one she would not have chosen. Victor, insensitive to this, went prattling on.

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NounEdit

prattle (uncountable)

  1. Silly, childish talk; babble.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:nonsense, Thesaurus:chatter
    • c. 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Act I, scene I, line 27
      Mere prattle without practice is all his soldiership.

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ReferencesEdit

  • prattle, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (2000)
  • prattle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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