- 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 pranking
We wanted to touch base on everything—the jokes, the girls, pranking on each other.Michael B. Jordan Talks About ‘Chronicle,’ ‘Red Tails,’ and ‘The Wire’
Maria Elena Fernandez
February 1, 2012
He would never abuse an animal, unless, as in the Pain-killer incident, his tendency to pranking ran away with him.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It was on a Wednesday that the pranking army of high-mettled warriors issued forth from the ancient gates of Antiquera.Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada
Perhaps it was a solemn farce enacted by pranking existences that throng the shadows lying along the border of another world.
- 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 pranking
"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.