prank

1 [prangk]
noun
a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.

Origin:
1520–30; origin uncertain


caper, escapade, antic, shenanigan.
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prank

2 [prangk]
verb (used with object)
1.
to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner: They were all pranked out in their fanciest clothes.
verb (used without object)
2.
to make an ostentatious show or display.

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

unpranked, adjective
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prank1 (præŋk)
 
n
a mischievous trick or joke, esp one in which something is done rather than said
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
'prankish1
 
adj

prank2 (præŋk)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to dress or decorate showily or gaudily
2.  (intr) to make an ostentatious display
 
[C16: from Middle Dutch pronken; related to German Prunk splendour, prangen to be in full splendour]

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prank
"a trick," 1529, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to obsolete prank "decorate, dress up," from M.L.G. prank "display" (cf. also Du. pronken, Ger. prunken "to make a show, to strut"). Prankster is Amer.Eng., attested from 1927.
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Example sentences
What started out as a prank soon took on a life of its own.
The students have a longstanding tradition of playing a prank on the dean at
  the annual commencement exercise.
If you don't know, that is a hidden camera prank show.
The prank video shows a lab guy opening a door to get blown back by a foam
  launcher.
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