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

1520–30; origin uncertain

caper, escapade, antic, shenanigan. Unabridged


2 [prangk]
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.

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

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

prank2 (præŋk)
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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Word Origin & History

"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
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
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.
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