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- n. A person who prates; a chatterer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who prates.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who prates; an idle talker; a loquacious person; one who speaks much to little purpose; a babbler.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
This young woman might talk politics, thought her new friend; no male man would call her prater, while she bore herself with that air.
The Editorial Page is consistently an embarrassment, the Opinion Page hasn't updated their contributor rolodex in decades and the paper carries a gaggle of inside-the-beltway dilettantes who almost never add anything of substance to the debate (you know: Broder, Milbank, Kurtz and the other regurgitators of cocktail party prater on the WP payroll).
The etymology of 'prat' is unclear, but I think it relates to prate 'chatter', which had such derivatives as prater and prattle.
Zophar of Naamath reproached thee with being a prater; but none of these good friends lent thee a crown.
Will he not be called by them a prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing?
He who joins in the mutiny is termed a good pilot and what not; they have no conception that the true pilot must observe the winds and the stars, and must be their master, whether they like it or not; — such an one would be called by them fool, prater, star-gazer.
What! a speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad.
Yorkshire abused by such a pitiful prater; and when wrought up to a certain pitch, she would turn and say something of which neither the matter nor the manner recommended her to Mr. Donne's good - will.
Bentley having spoken thus, Scaliger, bestowing him a sour look, “Miscreant prater!” said he,
Cocksbod, said the steward, we have met with a prater.