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Pronunciation: /praŋk

Definition of prank in English:


A practical joke or mischievous act.
Example sentences
  • 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


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.



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.

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