practical joke


noun

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

Related forms

practical joker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for practical joke

practical joke


noun

a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish

Derived Forms

practical joker, noun
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