Definitions for prankpræŋk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.

Origin of prank:

1520–30; orig. uncert.


  1. to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner.

  2. (v.i.)to make an ostentatious show or display.

Origin of prank:

1540–50; akin to D pronken to show off, strut, pronk show, finery, MLG prank pomp

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buffoonery, clowning, japery, frivolity, harlequinade, prank(noun)

    acting like a clown or buffoon

  2. antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-on(verb)

    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

  3. prank(verb)

    dress or decorate showily or gaudily

    "Roses were pranking the lawn"

  4. prank(verb)

    dress up showily

    "He pranked himself out in his best clothes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prank(noun)æŋk

    sth that is done as a playful trick

    a childish prank


  1. prank(Noun)

    An evil deed; a malicious trick, an act of cruel deception.

  2. prank(Noun)

    A practical joke or mischievous trick.

  3. prank(Verb)

    To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously.

  4. prank(Verb)

    To perform a practical joke on; to trick.

  5. prank(Verb)

    To call someone's phone and promptly hang up

  6. Origin: From pranken, probably from pronken, proncken. Cognate with prunken, prunken, prunke. Connected also with prangen, prangen, pragt, all from pranganan, from brAngh-. Sense of "mischievous act" from earlier verbal sense of "to be crafty or subtle, set in order, adjust". See also prink, prance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prank(verb)

    to adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously; -- often followed by up; as, to prank up the body. See Prink

  2. Prank(verb)

    to make ostentatious show

  3. Prank(noun)

    a gay or sportive action; a ludicrous, merry, or mischievous trick; a caper; a frolic

  4. Prank(adj)

    full of gambols or tricks

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a trick; a practical joke.

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