prank·​ish | \ˈpraŋ-kish \

Definition of prankish 

1 : full of pranks a prankish child

2 : having the nature of a prank prankish acts

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Other Words from prankish

prankishly adverb
prankishness noun

Examples of prankish in a Sentence

told the prankish lad that someone would eventually get hurt if he kept it up

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The stately red facade of the palace, which came into view just off the highway, seemed practically prankish, like a grandiose truck stop. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination," 5 July 2018 Director Christian Duguay is much more comfortable handling the sledgehammer superficialities of near-miss action and prankish boyhood than the complicated, turbulent emotions surrounding children imperiled during wartime. Robert Abele,, "Boyhood wartime escape drama 'A Bag of Marbles' is an emotional roller coaster," 22 Mar. 2018 Someone fond of cooking up conspiracy theories might suggest that Britney had been offering us a signal, and that her appearance with the novel was a prankish visual joke. Philippa Snow, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: This Photo of Britney Spears Holding Candide," 15 Jan. 2018 Before, Kimmel was a prankish host happy to take shots at the president and his administration, but unlikely to really dig into policy. Laura Bradley, HWD, "How Late Night Helped Make Sense (and Fun) of a Tumultuous 2017," 7 Dec. 2017 And, true to form, Sunday's episode ended with a prankish surprise: Oliver went ahead and made some commercials specifically targeted at the president himself—booking them to run against all the morning shows Trump watches most.,, "John Oliver May Have Found the Only Way to Get Through to Donald Trump," 13 Feb. 2017 Winfried [is] a shambling, unshaven music teacher with a mop of gray hair and a prankish sense of humor, [who] has ideas about public and professional behavior that would raise alarms in any human resources department. Julie Miller,, "Jack Nicholson Is Finally Returning to the Big Screen," 7 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of prankish

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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