Definition of prank in English:

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Pronunciation: /praŋk/


A practical joke or mischievous act: the tapestry was stolen as part of a drunken student prank
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  • He loved to tease, and numerous times his friends were the victims of his practical pranks.
  • They were childhood enemies that pulled practical pranks on each other.
  • The mysterious and loosely knit movement has since spiralled and the group has played a series of hoaxes and pranks on the Italian media.
practical joke, trick, mischievous act, piece of mischief, joke, escapade, stunt, caper, jape, game, hoax, antic
informal lark, leg-pull
North American informal dido
Australian informal goak
informal, dated rag, cutup
archaic quiz
rare frolic, freak, gambado, gambade, rig, prat


[with object] informal
Play a trick or practical joke on (someone): the individuals who were pranked thought they were auditioning to be a TV show host (as noun pranking) April Fool’s Day is celebrated here but the pranking continues on May 1st
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  • I bet he never thought he would get such a willing participant when he pranked us.
  • Personally, I think they need to be pranked.
  • I had been pranked into calling 911.



Example sentences
  • As eye-catching as the on-board feats is the film's home-movie footage showing the prankish lifestyle of surfing's early adopters.
  • Your sense of humor is part of your gift, whether it's subtle wit or pie-in-the-face prankish charm.
  • The screenplay works up a prankish physical comedy that isn't really in keeping with the original's spirit.


Example sentences
  • It accuses him of ‘willful prankishness’ and concludes that his ‘wrecking ball candidacy’ is a case of ‘ego run amok.’
  • The cowrie shells on this staff denote the blessings that he may bestow on those he favors, despite his prankishness.




Early 16th century (denoting a wicked deed): of unknown origin.

  • A prank was once more serious than it is now, not a practical joke nor a piece of mischief but rather some wicked or malicious act. For example, the 17th-century biblical commentator John Trapp described a person's murder of their brother and sister as ‘lewd pranks’. The origin of the word is unknown.

Words that rhyme with prank

ankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, embank, flank, franc, frank, hank, lank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, thank, yank

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