What does prank mean?

Definitions for prank

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buffoonery, clowning, japery, frivolity, harlequinade, pranknoun

    acting like a clown or buffoon

  2. antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-onverb

    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

  3. prankverb

    dress or decorate showily or gaudily

    "Roses were pranking the lawn"

  4. prankverb

    dress up showily

    "He pranked himself out in his best clothes"


  1. pranknoun

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

  2. pranknoun

    A practical joke or mischievous trick.

  3. prankverb

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

  4. prankverb

    To perform a practical joke on; to trick.

  5. prankverb

    To call someone's phone and promptly hang up

  6. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pranknoun

    A frolick; a wild flight; a ludicrous trick; a wicked act.

    Lay home to him;
    Tell him, his pranks have been too broad to bear with. Sha.

    Such is thy audacious wickedness,
    Thy lewd, pestif’rous and dissentious pranks;
    The very infants prattle of thy pride. William Shakespeare.

    They caused the table to be covered and meat set on, which was no sooner set down, than in came the harpies, and played their accustomed pranks. Walter Raleigh.

    They put on their cloaths, and played all those pranks you have taken notice of. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

  2. To PRANKverb

    To decorate; to dress or adjust to ostentation.

    Etymology: pronken, Dutch.

    Some prank their ruffs, and others timely dight
    Their gay attire. Fairy Queen.

    In wine and meats she flow’d above the bank,
    And in excess exceeded her own might,
    In sumptuous tire she joy’d herself to prank,
    But of her love too lavish. Fairy Queen.

    These are tribunes of the people,
    The tongues o’ th’ common mouth: I despise them:
    For they do prank them in authority
    Against all noble sufferance. William Shakespeare.

    Your high self,
    The gracious mark o’ th’ land, you have obscur’d
    With a swain’s wearing; and me, poor lowly maid,
    Most goddess-like prank’d up. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    ’Tis that miracle, and queen of gems,
    That nature pranks, her mind attracts my soul. William Shakespeare.

    I had not unlock’d my lips
    In this unhallowed air, but that this jugler
    Would think to charm my judgment as mine eyes,
    Obtruding false rules, prankt in reason’s garb. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prankverb

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

  2. Prankverb

    to make ostentatious show

  3. Pranknoun

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

  4. Prankadjective

    full of gambols or tricks

  5. Etymology: [Cf. E. prink, also G. prangen, prunken, to shine, to make a show, Dan. prange, prunke, Sw. prunka, D. pronken.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prank

    prangk, v.t. to display or adorn showily: to put in right order.—v.i. to make great show.—n. a sportive action: a mischievous trick.—n. Prank′er.—adv. Prank′ingly.—adjs. Prank′ish, Prank′some. [Closely akin to prink, a form of prick.]

Editors Contribution

  1. prankverb

    To play a trick on (someone).

    We pranked my sister in her bed.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on July 15, 2022  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prank in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of prank in a Sentence

  1. Kaley Cuoco:

    To see that be the pinnacle of this season was really cool, we’ve all come such a long way. ‘ THE BIG BANG THEORY ’ FINALE RECAP : SHELDON AND AMY STRUGGLE WITH LONG DISTANCE AND TEMPTATION That was n’t the only behind-the-scenes moment that the cast shared with the Comic Con crowd. According to Entertainment Weekly, Kaley Cuoco and Galecki revealed the circumstances surrounding an on-set injury from a prank gone awry. In an effort to shock the cast and crew during a scene in which the two characters were fighting, Galecki jokingly pretended to punch his co-star in the face. However, the actress' head accidentally caught a chair while she was falling and the end result was stitches in her eye brow. ‘ THE BIG BANG THEORY ’ ACTRESS MAYIM BIALIK RECEIVES ‘ DOOGIE HOWSER ’ ROYALTY CHECK FOR TWO CENTS.

  2. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco:

    Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done.

  3. Clyde Parry:

    Haven't we learned anything? You must comply with the lawful orders of police officers who are lawfully investigating suspicious incidents and or criminal activity. This is a dangerous prank. It could have led to deadly consequences.

  4. Wan Shaharuddin:

    If it was a prank, why did you smear not only on his face or on his eyelids, but also in the eye itself?

  5. Hope Jay:

    It was a harmless senior prank that all of us parents knew 100% what was going on, they had planned as a group, you know, 40 students, which is half the senior class… to fork the field, which is putting plastic forks in the dirt.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. abash
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    • C. render
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