- a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.
Origin of prank1
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- to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner: They were all pranked out in their fanciest clothes.
- to make an ostentatious show or display.
Origin of prank2
Examples from the Web for prank
My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
The phone call was dismissed as a prank, despite the sound of gunfire in the background.The Israeli Way of Death
July 2, 2014
No one is questioning the urge to get up close and personal with Bradley Cooper, but this prank feels both invasive and dumb.
The prank itself seems meaningless, and the reaction was un-extraordinary: all in all, a dud.
Cooper good-naturedly laughed off the prank, before eliciting help from some other actors for speedy Sediuk removal.
Having retired to his own house, he often played off many a prank.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
In earliest youth he had been a merry prank; he was still a prank, but not often merry.A Great Man
She smiled at him glowingly, thinking she had caught him at a prank.Life Sentence
Whether divine or of what origin I will not have judged by that night's prank of mine.Simon Dale
It might be a prank—or something like that—but it would n't be wrong.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
- a mischievous trick or joke, esp one in which something is done rather than said
- (tr) to dress or decorate showily or gaudily
- (intr) to make an ostentatious display
Word Origin and History for prank
"a ludicrous trick" [Johnson], 1520s, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to obsolete verb prank "decorate, dress up" (mid-15c.), related to Middle Low German prank "display" (cf. also Dutch pronken, German prunken "to make a show, to strut"). The verb in the modern sense also is from 1520s. Related: Pranked; pranking.