An example of prate is to chatter and gossip.
Origin of prate
- Middle English praten from Middle Dutch prāten
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").