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prank

noun \ ˈpraŋk \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of prank

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

Examples of prank in a Sentence

  1. He enjoys playing pranks on his friends.

  2. as a prank, several students managed to change all the classroom clocks to different times

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Origin and Etymology of prank

obsolete prank to play tricks


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prank

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of prank

pranked; pranking
1 T :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 I obsolete :to play tricks or pranks

First Known Use of prank

circa 1530


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prank

verb

Definition of prank

intransitive verb
:to show oneself off
transitive verb
:to dress or adorn gaily or showily

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Origin and Etymology of prank

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


PRANK Defined for English Language Learners

prank

noun

Definition of prank for English Language Learners

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


PRANK Defined for Kids

prank

noun \ ˈpraŋk \

Definition of prank for Students

:a mischievous act :practical joke


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