What does prank mean?

Definitions for prankpræŋk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prank.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joshua James:

    It was a stupid prank.

  2. Volodymyr Knyr:

    The higher the rank, the droller the prank.

  3. Joshua Benavidez:

    We're sorry. It was just a prank. It was just trying to scare him.

  4. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco:

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

  5. Caleb Medley:

    We were just watching the movie and I noticed that the exit to the right opened up, i told [ friend ] Ashley [ Kurz ], I think someone’s doing a prank right now that’s going to be very funny.

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