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prank

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[ prangk ]
/ præŋk /
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noun
a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.
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Origin of prank

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First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

Other definitions for prank (2 of 2)

prank2
[ 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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM prank

un·pranked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prank (1 of 2)

prank1
/ (præŋk) /

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

Derived forms of prank

prankish, adjective

Word Origin for prank

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for prank (2 of 2)

prank2
/ (præŋk) /

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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