See more synonyms for pratfall on

Origin of pratfall

First recorded in 1935–40; prat + fall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pratfall

Contemporary Examples of pratfall

  • Amateur video started turning up online showing Phoenix on his hip-hop tour, doing a pratfall off the stage at one appearance.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Joaquin Phoenix's Great Practical Joke

    Gina Piccalo

    August 22, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for pratfall


  1. US and Canadian slang a fall upon one's buttocks

Word Origin for pratfall

C20: from C16 prat buttocks (of unknown origin) + fall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pratfall

1939, from prat "buttock" + fall (n.). "Chiefly N. Amer. slang" [OED]. As a verb from 1940.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper