practical joke

noun
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of practical joke

: 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

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First Known Use of practical joke

1776

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PRACTICAL JOKE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of practical joke for English Language Learners

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


PRACTICAL JOKE Defined for Kids

practical joke

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Definition of practical joke for Students

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

practical joker

noun


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