prank·​ish ˈpraŋ-kish How to pronounce prankish (audio)
: full of pranks
a prankish child
: having the nature of a prank
prankish acts
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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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prankish was in 1776

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“Prankish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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