1. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
2. to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
1. act of prating.
2. empty or foolish talk.
“…What is prudence but avarice? What is generosity but a deceit? And yet men prate of themselves as if they were deities.”
— Anonymous , Herbert Wendall: A Tale of the Revolution , 1835
The stones of Cambridge no longer prate of thy whereabout! Death hath removed thee,—may it not be to that bourne where alone thy oaths can be outdone!
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton , Pelham: or, Adventures of a Gentleman , 1828
Prate finds its roots in the Middle Dutch praeten meaning “to speak.” It came to English during the time when Middle English was spoken.