prank·​ster | \ ˈpraŋ(k)-stər \

Definition of prankster

: a person who plays pranks

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Timed with New York’s Winter Antiques Show, which Buatta had chaired for many years, 300 invited guests braved a wickedly cold night to laugh, cry, and reminisce about their favorite decorator and prankster. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "Inside Mario Buatta's Final High Society Farewell," 23 Jan. 2019 But this time, the prank has resulted in backlash against the pranksters themselves. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The controversy around hoax studies in critical theory, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 The social media prankster who goes by Doogang3x on Instagram posted a 42-second video to his 188,000 followers on his account on July 4. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "'We about to go crazy.' Instagram prankster sets off firework inside a Miami Dollar Tree," 5 July 2018 There was the rivalry between stars Chevy Chase and Murray, the incandescent rage of sitcom staple Ted Knight fueled by the cast’s merry pranksters of improv and cocaine. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "From Joyce Carol Oates to 'Caddyshack' and the Cubs, Printers Row Lit Fest hit a thoughtful groove," 9 June 2018 The spokesperson confirmed that the only people capable of gaining access to CERN facilities are people with security clearance, which means the pranksters must be CERN employees or visiting scientists. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "CERN Scientists Under Investigation After Fake Human Sacrifice," 18 Aug. 2016 The latest actions show how lines and motives in American politics can blur among foreign adversaries, U.S. dirty-tricksters, pranksters or speculators hoping eventually to sell the web addresses to campaigns or their rivals. Tami Abdollah, The Seattle Times, "Mystery: Who bought websites implying US senators ‘for sale’," 24 July 2018 Within a matter of hours, a possible act of anti-auction protest by an inveterate art prankster had been transmogrified by the churning gears of the market into an auction-reifying, value-amplifying piece of monetizable performance art. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "The Price of Everything,," 18 Oct. 2018 But in the web series, Dawson doesn’t just seem to be asking whether the 21-year-old Ohio native is a reckless, attention-seeking entertainment personality, or simply a harmless prankster. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Mental Health Experts Want You to Know Before Watching the Buzzy New YouTube Series ‘The Mind of Jake Paul’," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of prankster

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prankster was in 1910

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English Language Learners Definition of prankster

: a person who plays pranks on other people

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