follow Dictionary.com

What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?

prank1

[prangk] /præŋk/
noun
1.
a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.
Origin of prank1
1520-1530
1520-30; origin uncertain
Synonyms
caper, escapade, antic, shenanigan.

prank2

[prangk] /præŋk/
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
Related forms
unpranked, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for prank
British Dictionary definitions for prank

prank1

/præŋk/
noun
1.
a mischievous trick or joke, esp one in which something is done rather than said
Derived Forms
prankish, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

prank2

/præŋk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to dress or decorate showily or gaudily
2.
(intransitive) to make an ostentatious display
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch pronken; related to German Prunk splendour, prangen to be in full splendour
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prank

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for prank

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with prank

Nearby words for prank