prank·​ster ˈpraŋ(k)-stər How to pronounce prankster (audio)
: a person who plays pranks

Examples of prankster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s been 14 years since the last album from Brooklyn art-punk pranksters Les Savy Fav —and even longer since their heyday in the turn-of-the-century Williamsburg scene. Reed Jackson, SPIN, 9 May 2024 The outlet added that the prankster is reportedly a YouTuber who previously crashed the Brit Awards and FIFA Ballon d’Or awards in France. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 Observed each year April 1, the unofficial holiday gives people around the world an excuse to serve as prankster for a day. The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2024 While everyone's April 1 traditions vary slightly, the basis is the same, with tricksters and pranksters bound to be scheming globally. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 18 Mar. 2024 Thomas said at the precise moment the prankster emerged. Variety, NBC News, 20 Feb. 2024 So far, DAOs have attracted a wild mix of libertarians, activists, pranksters, and hobbyists. Julia Ebner, WIRED, 24 Jan. 2024 In a digital cover feature for Esquire earlier this year, Kieran — who played Fuller McCallister, a cousin of prankster protagonist Kevin, in the Home Alone films — recalled how uncomfortable the newfound fame was not only for his sibling but their entire family. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 But day stands out because it is dedicated to the pranksters and jokesters of the world: April Fools' Day falls on April 1 and gives people an excuse to carry out lighthearted fun. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prankster was in 1910

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“Prankster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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prank·​ster ˈpraŋ(k)-stər How to pronounce prankster (audio)
: a player of pranks

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