Definition of practical joke in English:

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practical joke


A trick played on someone in order to make them look foolish and to amuse others.
Example sentences
  • The build-up has the atmosphere of a phoney war as the rivals perfect the various practical jokes and wind-ups that will help unsettle their enemy's preparations.
  • I got to thinking about other, specifically rural pranks and practical jokes and could not come up with all that many…
  • Adolescent humor shines in the gag, the prank and the practical joke.
informal leg-pull
North American informal dido
Australian informal goak
dated cutup, rag
archaic quiz


practical joker

Example sentences
  • Lizzie, on the other hand, born after two practical jokers, was a practical joker herself.
  • ‘He is a laugh a minute and we are both practical jokers so we got on immediately,’ she said.
  • Either that, or we have more than our fair share of practical jokers.

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