prank·​ster | \ ˈpraŋ(k)-stər How to pronounce prankster (audio) \

Definition of prankster

: a person who plays pranks

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The Yippies, radical prankster Abbie Hoffman and satirist Paul Krassner’s attempt to amalgamate the two, were always more of a stunt than a movement. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Times, "Woodstock glorified them. Tarantino barbecued them. In 2019, whither the hippie?," 15 Aug. 2019 Not all presidents were pranksters, but all of them have needed vacations, or time off to let loose and have fun, with their families and friends. Dara Elasfar, Twin Cities, "Even presidents need a taste of freedom on summer vacations," 9 Aug. 2019 For those who knew her best, with many of her friends since early childhood, Victoria was a life-long prankster with a sense of humor and command of mimicry that could send her audience to the floor!, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/10," 10 July 2019 The life of this party, and its bankroll, is William Timothy Duggan — a Ken Kesey-like merry prankster leading an outing where the lemonade is spiked with nothing more dangerous than sugar. Washington Post, "When that ‘rock’ is actually a horseshoe crab and the beach becomes a respite from the city," 22 June 2019 The agency says perpetrators include criminals motivated by profit, juvenile pranksters and possibly foreign governments. Washington Post, "Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technology-rich schools," 16 July 2019 The 20-year-old Lil Nas X split the difference between prankster and proselytizer and — for a moment, at least — seemed equally good at both. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Short Rise and Long Tail of Lil Nas X," 26 June 2019 Residents are advised to hang up on the prankster and call Kitsap1 at 360-337-5777 to verify suspect information. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "No, your street name isn’t changing to Cannabis Way: Prank calls have Kitsap County abuzz," 3 June 2019 For starters, Szeles, now 60, an inveterate prankster and disruptor, is hardly the most sincere or engaging personality. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’ profiles irascible magician in an illusory way," 14 Aug. 2019

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prankster

: a person who plays pranks on other people

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