Origin of prankEarly Modern English from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to prank
If you want to play a good prank on someone, place a whoopee cushion on his chair.
When you put a whoopie cushion on someone's chair, this is an example of a prank.
Origin of prankEarly ModE, probably from Low German source, as in Dutch pronken, to make a show
Origin of prankOrigin unknown
transitive verbpranked, prank·ing, pranks
Origin of prankFrom Middle English pranken to show off perhaps from Middle Dutch pronken ( from pronk show, display ) and from Middle Low German prunken ( from prank display )
(third-person singular simple present pranks, present participle pranking, simple past pranked, past participle pranked or archaic prankt)
(comparative more prank, superlative most prank)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English pranken (“to adorn, arrange one's attire"), probably from Middle Dutch pronken, proncken (“to flaunt, make a show, arrange one's attire"). Cognate with Middle Low German prunken (“to flaunt"), German prunken (“to flaunt"), Danish prunke (“to make a show, prank"). Connected also with German prangen (“to make a show, be resplendent"), Dutch prangen (“to squeeze, press"), Danish pragt (“pomp, splendor"), all from Proto-Germanic *pranganÄ…, *prangijanÄ…, *prag- (“to press, squeeze, thring"), from Proto-Indo-European *brAngh- (“to press, squeeze"). Sense of "mischievous act" from earlier verbal sense of "to be crafty or subtle, set in order, adjust". See also prink, prance.
- Whenever you're searching for ghost videos online, the first thing you'll notice is that a significant number of them are spoofs or prank videos that are meant to poke fun at the entire field of the paranormal.
- There are literally thousands of tips and tricks on how to prank your parents available online, and if you are creative, then you can even create your own pranks with a little inspiration from websites about gags and pranks.
- It would be doubly cruel to play this prank on the person who just got their scalp full of raw eggs from the Cracking Eggs Trick, but here is another example of one of a safe and easy college prank you can play on someone.
- If the target of the prank uses a wireless mouse, taping the piece of paper over its optical eye means the object of the prank will not be able to use it . For an added bit of frivolity, write "April Fool" on the paper.
- Give the smelly object some time to become really aromatic and then make a point of calling the victim of the prank or having someone else call them and watch them squirm while they try to locate the source of the odor.