A trio of women laughing and talking.
An example of prate is to chatter and gossip.
intransitive verbprat′ed, prat′ing
Origin of prateMiddle English praten from MDu, probably of echoic origin, originally
intransitive verbprat·ed, prat·ing, prates
Origin of prateMiddle English praten from Middle Dutch prāten
(third-person singular simple present prates, present participle prating, simple past and past participle prated)
From Middle English praten; related to Dutch praten (“to talk, chat"), Low German praten, Danish prate, Swedish prata (“to talk, prate"), Faroese prÃ¡ta (“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 bredziÄ‡ (“to rave, jabber"), Latvian bradÄt (“to talk nonsense").