a playful trick, often involving some physical agent or means, in which the victim is placed in an embarrassing or disadvantageous position.
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Origin of practical joke
First recorded in 1840–50
OTHER WORDS FROM practical jokepractical joker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for practical joke
a prank or trick usually intended to make the victim appear foolish
Derived forms of practical jokepractical joker, noun
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