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prank1

[prangk] /præŋk/
noun
1.
a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature.
Origin
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
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Examples from the web for pranks
  • These show that the motive for producing such evidence may come from belief, rather than from any wish to mislead or play pranks.
  • Print out this crazy maze, then grab a pencil and make your way through some pranks.
  • The trip may have begun as a lark, filled with audacious pranks.
  • Second, they are drawn to pranks and diversions that are educational-and ideally outrageous.
  • Grave and old gentlemen forgot their age and dignity and played the pranks of school-boys.
  • The religious overtones were gone, but the costumes and pranks remained, along with an eerie thrill of mysticism.
  • There were the funny ones about pranks at the fire station.
  • If there was turpitude in that twisted soul, it was well-concealed, hidden behind a wall of pranks and movie-star glamour.
  • She loves pratfalls and pranks, and she encourages comic anarchy.
  • Certain pranks such as soaping car windows and tipping over garbage cans are expected.
British Dictionary definitions for pranks

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
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Word Origin and History for pranks

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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