Practical joke
Practical Prac"ti*cal, a. [L. practicus active, Gr. ? fit for doing or performing, practical, active, fr. ? to do, work, effect: cf. F. pratique, formerly also practique. Cf. {Pragmatic}, {Practice}.] 1. Of or pertaining to practice or action. [1913 Webster]

2. Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from {ideal} or {theoretical}; as, practical chemistry. ``Man's practical understanding.'' --South. ``For all practical purposes.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind. [1913 Webster]

4. Derived from practice; as, practical skill. [1913 Webster]

{Practical joke}, a joke put in practice; a joke the fun of which consists in something done, in distinction from something said; esp., a trick played upon a person. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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