"prates" in the noun sense
1. prate, prattle, idle talk, blether, chin music
idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
"prates" in the verb sense
1. chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble
speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
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