Definition of Prank

1. Noun. Acting like a clown or buffoon.

Exact synonyms: Buffoonery, Clowning, Frivolity, Harlequinade, Japery
Generic synonyms: Craziness, Folly, Foolery, Indulgence, Lunacy, Tomfoolery
Specialized synonyms: Schtick, Schtik, Shtick, Shtik
Derivative terms: Clown, Frivolous



2. Verb. Dress or decorate showily or gaudily. "Roses were pranking the lawn"

3. Noun. A ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement.
Exact synonyms: Antic, Caper, Joke, Put-on, Trick
Generic synonyms: Diversion, Recreation
Specialized synonyms: Dirty Trick, Practical Joke
Derivative terms: Antic, Antic, Jokester, Prankster, Trickster

4. Verb. Dress up showily. "He pranked himself out in his best clothes"

Definition of Prank

1. v. t. To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously; -- often followed by up; as, to prank up the body. See Prink.

2. v. i. To make ostentatious show.

3. n. A gay or sportive action; a ludicrous, merry, or mischievous trick; a caper; a frolic.

4. a. Full of gambols or tricks.

Definition of Prank

1. Noun. (obsolete) An evil deed; a malicious trick, an act of cruel deception. ¹

2. Noun. A practical joke or mischievous trick. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To perform a practical joke on; to trick. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive slang) To call someone's phone and promptly hang up ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prank

1. to adorn gaudily [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prank

pranck
prancke
prancked
pranckes
prancking
prancks
prancy
prandial
prang
prang up
pranged
pranging
prangos
prangs
pranic
prank (current term)
prank call
prank calls
pranked
prankee
prankees
pranker
prankers
prankful
prankier
prankiest
pranking
prankings
prankish
prankishly

Literary usage of Prank

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1. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1862)
"A prank is commonly taken in a bad sense, and signifies something done in the ... It is possible, however, that in this sense prank has a different origin. ..."

2. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1862)
"... he did begin to prank himself, To plait and comb his head, and beard to shave, And look his face i' th' water as a glass, And to compose himself for to ..."

3. The Anatomy of melancholy v. 3 by Robert Burton (1875)
"And then he did begin to prank himself, To plait and comb his head, and beard to shave, And look his face i' th' water as a glass, And to compose himself ..."

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