Prank Definition

prăngk
pranks
noun
pranks
A mischievous trick or practical joke.
Webster's New World
verb
pranks
To dress or adorn showily.
Webster's New World
To dress up or make a show.
Webster's New World

To perform a practical joke on; to trick.

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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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adjective

(obsolete) Full of gambols or tricks.

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Other Word Forms of Prank

Noun

Singular:
prank
Plural:
pranks

Origin of Prank

  • 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

  • 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

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