practical joke

noun

Definition of practical joke

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

Other Words from practical joke

practical joker noun

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Examples of practical joke in a Sentence

One of the children filled the sugar bowl with salt as a practical joke. friends had left the risqué message on his voice mail as a practical joke
Recent Examples on the Web Novak starred on Punk'd, Ashton Kutcher's practical joke show, as one of the actors who helped perpetrate pranks against unsuspecting celebrities. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 29 July 2022 To welcome Craig Melvin back to the Today show on May 17, after being out sick with a breakthrough case of COVID-19, Al decided to employ a little practical joke. Rebecca Norris, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 The disguise played a superbly Tuscan practical joke on his unwitting hosts. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 The disguise played a superbly Tuscan practical joke on his unwitting hosts. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 The disguise played a superbly Tuscan practical joke on his unwitting hosts. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 The idea goes back to a practical joke team members often play on a new bat boy. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 The card game, more a practical joke, is when a dealer creates the false impression of a legitimate game and then simply throws the deck into the air and instructs players to pick up the cards. AZCentral.com, 28 June 2021 All of a sudden, the party was over—my dad’s greatest practical joke was kaput. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, 18 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of practical joke

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of practical joke was in 1776

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1 Aug 2022

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“Practical joke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practical%20joke. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for practical joke

practical joke

noun

Kids Definition of practical joke

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

Other Words from practical joke

practical joker noun

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