Prank meaning

prăngk
A practical joke or mischievous trick.

Pranks may be funny, but remember that some people are aggressive.

He pulled a gruesome prank on his sister.

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(intransitive) To make ostentatious show.
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To perform a practical joke on; to trick.
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(obsolete) Full of gambols or tricks.
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To dress up or make a show.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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The definition of a prank is a trick or practical joke.

When you put a whoopie cushion on someone's chair, this is an example of a prank.

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A mischievous trick or practical joke.
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To decorate or dress ostentatiously or gaudily.

Was pranked up in his best suit.

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A mischievous trick or practical joke.
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To dress or adorn showily.
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To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously.
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(slang) To call someone's phone and promptly hang up.

Hey man, prank me when you wanna get picked up.

I don't have your number in my phone, can you prank me?

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Origin of prank

  • From Middle English pranken to show off perhaps from Middle Dutch pronken (from pronk show, display) and from Middle Low German prunken (from prank display)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Origin unknown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary