C16: from Middle Low German pratelen to chatter; see prate
prattle for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (prætəl)
Word forms: prattles, prattling, prattled
If you say that someone prattles onabout something, you are criticizing them because they are talking a great deal without saying anything important. [informal, disapproval] [V + on/away about] ⇒ Lou prattled on about various trivialities till I wanted to scream. [Von/away] ⇒ She prattled on as she drove out to the Highway. [V] ⇒ Archie, shut up. You're prattling.
Prattle is also a noun. ⇒ What a bore it was to listen to the woman's prattle!
But her aunt's intimations, coupled with the cheerful prattle of her French governess, Elise, had fired Anna's imagination.Appiganesi, Lisa DREAMS OF INNOCENCEIt was simply that in the anti-semiticreaches of Viennese high society, such prattle was not permitted.Appiganesi, Lisa DREAMS OF INNOCENCEShe wanted to prattle about Archie, but I wasn't having any.Gash, Jonathan THE TARTAN RINGERS"You prattle of things that stir me not," Wulfgar sneered.Kathleen E. Woodiwiss THE WOLF AND THE DOVE