prank

noun
\ ˈpraŋk \

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

As noted by Elite Daily, what was already pretty funny took an even more hilarious turn when some Twitter users decided to transform the prank into a solidly relatable meme. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Play Holiday Prank on Ryan Reynolds," 22 Dec. 2018 The king of playful Instagram trolling was playfully trolled and the prank is perfect in its simplicity. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Ryan Reynolds Falls for a Prank Pulled by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal," 22 Dec. 2018 What’s weird about this prank is the terrible Instagram, which has 203 followers. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Payless doesn’t need to trick bargain-hunting young people with faux-luxury hoaxes," 30 Nov. 2018 The prank could be on Melendez's listeners, not Trump. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "He griped no one cared about his prank call to Trump. Then, he said, the Secret Service knocked.," 30 June 2018 After overhearing Spinner and Jay say that Jimmy played a part in the prank that made the whole school laugh at him, Rick returned to school with a gun and eventually shot Jimmy, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "All the 'Degrassi' References in Drake's 'I'm Upset' Video," 14 June 2018 The pranks appear to have driven him out of the waterfront home. Erika Pesantes, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Swatting hoax targets #NeverAgain activists," 8 June 2018 Four 18-year-old male students were cited for trespassing, but none would identify the fifth participant in the prank. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four cited in prank at Grafton High School, but they refuse to give up their fifth accomplice," 5 June 2018 As Khannah flashed it on a screen with a projector, the five members of his team stole furtive glances at one another, nervous that Balwani might become wise to the prank. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 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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More Definitions for prank

prank

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prank

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

prank

noun
\ ˈpraŋk \

Kids Definition of prank

: a mischievous act : practical joke

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