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practical joke

noun

Simple Definition of practical joke

  • : a joke involving something that is done rather than said : a trick played on someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of practical joke

  1. :  a prank intended to trick or embarrass someone or cause physical discomfort

practical joker

noun

Examples of practical joke in a sentence

  1. One of the children filled the sugar bowl with salt as a practical joke.

  2. <friends had left the risqué message on his voice mail as a practical joke>



1776

First Known Use of practical joke

1776


PRACTICAL JOKE Defined for Kids

practical joke

noun

Definition of practical joke for Students

  1. :  a joke involving an act rather than words :  a trick played on someone

practical joker

noun




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