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.

Nearby words

  1. practicable,
  2. practical,
  3. practical art,
  4. practical effect,
  5. practical imperative,
  6. practical nurse,
  7. practical reason,
  8. practicalism,
  9. practicality,
  10. practically

Origin of practical joke

First recorded in 1840–50

Related formspractical 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 Formspractical joker, noun

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