Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To talk or chatter idly or meaninglessly; babble or prate.
  • intransitive verb To utter or express by chattering foolishly or babbling.
  • noun Idle or meaningless chatter; babble.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Artless or childish talk; hence, puerile loquacity; twaddle.
  • noun 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.
  • To talk artlessly and childishly; talk freely and idly, like a child; chatter; be loquacious; prate.
  • To force or effect by talking; bring or lead by prattling.
  • To utter in a babbling or childish manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Trifling or childish tattle; empty talk; loquacity on trivial subjects; prate; babble.
  • transitive verb To utter as prattle; to babble.
  • intransitive verb To talk much and idly; to prate; hence, to talk lightly and artlessly, like a child; to utter child's talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble.
  • noun Silly, childish, talk; babble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  • noun idle or foolish and irrelevant talk

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[ Frequentative of prate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

prate +‎ -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”)

Examples

  • THAT kind of instruction could save a life, whereas Violence Policy Cener prattle is only empty political rhetoric.

    You Bet Your Glass!

  • Hear its prattle, which is nothing but the mind beginning to stir!

    The Truth about Jesus : Is He a Myth?

  • Expect to see more of this kind of prattle between these two unless one of them starts to stand for something more specific than they have thus far.

    Dueling Memos: Hillary And Obama Camps Club Each Other

  • The key word is "prattle", whereas your contributions of course are the sparkling, enlightened conversation worthy of Henry Adams I.F. Stone, and Oscar Wilde.

    TPM Track Composite: Presidential Race Could Be Tightening

  • He wouldn't have to listen to the "prattle" (ie, intelligent discussion which doesn't happen to agree with the pure B.S. Armey himself was spewing on the show) because ... why not, exactly?

    Steve Kettmann: Has Dick Armey Apologized Yet for Being a Pig to Joan Walsh?

  • So, tell me Jennifer, why did this superficial inquiry by a non-serious person who seeks a place in Mexico that does not even exist invite "prattle" from your more serious contributors?

    Where to Live?

  • So, tell me Jennifer, why did this superficial inquiry by a non-serious person who seeks a place in Mexico that does not even exist invite "prattle" from your more serious contributors?

    Where to Live?

  • So, tell me Jennifer, why did this superficial inquiry by a non-serious person who seeks a place in Mexico that does not even exist invite "prattle" from your more serious contributors?

    Where to Live?

  • So, tell me Jennifer, why did this superficial inquiry by a non-serious person who seeks a place in Mexico that does not even exist invite "prattle" from your more serious contributors?

    Where to Live?

  • So, tell me Jennifer, why did this superficial inquiry by a non-serious person who seeks a place in Mexico that does not even exist invite "prattle" from your more serious contributors?

    Where to Live?

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  • What the great ones do, the less will prattle of.

    (William Shakespeare)

    March 18, 2008