prank

noun
\ ˈpraŋk How to pronounce prank (audio) \

Definition of prank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: trick:
a obsolete : a malicious act
b : a mildly mischievous act
c : a ludicrous act

prank

verb (1)
pranked; pranking

Definition of prank (Entry 2 of 3)

1 transitive : to play a trick or prank on (someone) … you feel shock, dismay, then anger as it dawns on you that you've been pranked— Lucius Shepard On the day of the ceremony, a stuntwoman pal, dressed to look like Swanson, kicked things off by pranking the audience and falling down a flight of stairs. (The crowd went from gasping to laughing once the ruse was revealed.)— Lorenzo Benet
2 intransitive obsolete : to play tricks or pranks

prank

verb (2)
pranked; pranking; pranks

Definition of prank (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to show oneself off

transitive verb

: to dress or adorn gaily or showily

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Synonyms for prank

Synonyms: Noun

antic, caper, capriccio, dido, escapade, frolic, gag, jest, knavery, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, rag [chiefly British], roguery, shavie [Scottish], shine(s), trick, waggery

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Examples of prank in a Sentence

Noun

He enjoys playing pranks on his friends. as a prank, several students managed to change all the classroom clocks to different times

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The duo includes the Todd Kraines Velvet Liquid Lipstick, a subtle pink-nude shade named after an infamous prank call between Kris and Scott Disick. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Dropped a Kris Jenner Makeup Collection Just in Time for Mother's Day," 23 Apr. 2019 There's crazy fights, broken lamps, and the occasional prank. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Songs in "Riverdale"'s "Heathers: The Musical" Episode," 20 Mar. 2019 Bam and Ryan Dunn were stars of MTV’s long running prank TV show Jackass – which ran from 2000 to 2002 and spawned three big screen adventures. Fox News, "Hulk Hogan confuses dead 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn with living Bam Margera in Twitter post," 29 May 2018 Senior pranks are a rite of passage for many high school students across America. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Police praise students for one of the "best senior pranks" they've seen," 15 May 2018 Johnny Knoxville's movie based on his MTV reality prank show falls on the mean-spirited side of pranking. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "April Fool's Day: 5 movies and TV shows to binge-watch for prank inspiration," 31 Mar. 2018 For those who have had a Punk’d-sized hole in their lives since the prank show went off the air in 2015, get ready, because Kim Kardashian West may have answered your prayers. Carolyn Twersky, The Cut, "Kim Kardashian West Is Doing a Punk’d-Like Prank Show," 2 Mar. 2018 Brian Littrell started off the prank, riding the elevator solo when three women enter wearing Backstreet Boys shirts — and immediately recognize the boy band member. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Going Up? Backstreet Boys Surprise Fans with an Elevator Sing-Along of Their Classic Hits," 28 June 2018 An 18-second clip, tweeted out by Royal Central editor Charlie Proctor, shows Charles playing the brotherly prank on Anne. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Pranking Princess Anne Is the Best Thing You'll See Today," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of prank

Noun

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for prank

Noun

obsolete prank to play tricks

Verb (2)

probably from Dutch pronken to strut; akin to Middle High German gebrunkel glitter of metal

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The first known use of prank was in the 15th century

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prank

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prank

: a trick that is done to someone usually as a joke

prank

noun
\ ˈpraŋk How to pronounce prank (audio) \

Kids Definition of prank

: a mischievous act : practical joke

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