- a playful trick, often involving some physical agent or means, in which the victim is placed in an embarrassing or disadvantageous position.
Origin of practical joke
First recorded in 1840–50
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Related Words for practical jokeprank, antic, caper, escapade, frolic, gag, shenanigans, stunt, tomfoolery, trick
- a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish
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