prank·​ster | \ˈpraŋ(k)-stər \

Definition of prankster 

: a person who plays pranks

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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 News sites and blogs that are generally considered legitimate (as well as comedians and pranksters) repurpose and edit photos under the protection of Fair Use. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Fake News' Is Sparking an AI Arms Race," 18 Sep. 2018 Dillon Francis is the electronic dance music world's most notorious prankster. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Alesso & Dillon Francis Share Hilarious 'One Deeper' Interview: Watch," 25 June 2018 According to Politico, the prankster called the White House switchboard and was told the president could not be reached. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "'Stuttering John' Prank Call to Trump May Be Funny, but the White House's Lax Communications Security Is Not," 29 June 2018 White House officials did not respond on Friday to requests for comment on how the prankster had been allowed to get through to the president. New York Times, "Prankster Calls the President, and the White House Puts Him Right Through," 29 June 2018 The above is a quote from Cesc Fabregas, when quizzed on who the biggest pranksters he's ever played with were., "6 of the Biggest Pranksters in Football," 17 June 2018 Some prankster had placed a cardboard cutout of Popeye between them, in roughly the spot where the company plans to exhibit a Jeff Koons sculpture of Popeye, bought for $28 million in 2014. Mark Arsenault,, "Encore Boston Harbor rising to the challenge," 25 May 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who plays pranks on other people

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