prank

1
[ prangk ]
/ præŋk /

noun

a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.

Nearby words

  1. prandially,
  2. prandtl,
  3. prandtl number,
  4. prang,
  5. pranidhana,
  6. prankish,
  7. prankishly,
  8. prankster,
  9. pranky,
  10. prao

Origin of prank

1
First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

prank

2
[ prangk ]
/ præŋk /

verb (used with object)

to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner: They were all pranked out in their fanciest clothes.

verb (used without object)

to make an ostentatious show or display.

Origin of prank

2
1540–50; akin to Dutch pronken to show off, strut, pronk show, finery, Middle Low German prank pomp

Related formsun·pranked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for prank

prank

1
/ (præŋk) /

noun

a mischievous trick or joke, esp one in which something is done rather than said
Derived Formsprankish, adjective

Word Origin for prank

C16: of unknown origin

verb

(tr) to dress or decorate showily or gaudily
(intr) to make an ostentatious display

Word Origin for prank

C16: from Middle Dutch pronken; related to German Prunk splendour, prangen to be in full splendour

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Word Origin and History for prank

prank

n.

"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.

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