a fall on the buttocks, esp. one for comic effect, as in burlesque
- A fall on the buttocks.
- A humiliating error, failure, or defeat: “His characters not only survive their snarled problems and pratfalls but learn from their experiences” ( Joyce Carol Oates )
(third-person singular simple present pratfalls, present participle pratfalling, simple past pratfell, past participle pratfallen)
- To fall on to the buttocks.