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

Fake Bieber eating a burrito sideways is a harmless prank — and a pretty good one. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The bizarre Justin Bieber burrito incident reminds us not to believe everything online," 29 Oct. 2018 When a prom prank goes awry, Clara and Rose are held responsible. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Way You Make Me Feel' follows a teen's journey from 'chill' to sincere," 16 May 2018 Hoping to crash servers, flood feeds and disrupt algorithms, the Adbusters Media Foundation is launching #OccupySiliconValley, a one-day #FuckItAll flood of memes, posts, pranks, tweets, and statuses — aimed at Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Code Commerce is here; Marc Benioff buys Time," 17 Sep. 2018 Young played a prank on recruiting followers by not listing A&M among his top three finalists this week, before opting for the Aggies on July 4th. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M secondary taking shape in class of 2019," 5 July 2018 Rolle, 29, made threatening phone calls and sent text messages to Maas after Maas had stolen Rolle's ID card in what witnesses described as a prank, the affidavit states. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He got 'pranked' by his girlfriend's husband — so he stabbed him to death, Texas cops say," 3 July 2018 Damsel’ is a deadpan art-western prank, a sly fusion of classical technique and postmodern sensibility. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Finding new paths in 'Damsel,' 'Half the Picture' and 'Eating Animals'," 24 June 2018 Plus there was no caller ID to dash our prank call exploits. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "How Houston's '80s, '90s kids spent their summer vacations," 25 May 2018 The call with news of his death was actually a prank phone call — orchestrated by Hiram, no doubt — to goad the Serpents into a fight. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 2 Episode 22: Justice for Archie Andrews," 17 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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