I. noun Etymology: obsolete prank to play tricks Date: circa 1529 trick: a. obsolete a malicious act b. a mildly mischievous act c. a ludicrous act II. verb Etymology: probably from Dutch pronken to strut; akin to Middle High German gebrunkel glitter of metal Date: 15th century intransitive verb to show oneself off transitive verb to dress or adorn gaily or showily

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • prank — prank·er; prank·ful; prank·i·ness; prank·ing·ly; prank·ish; prank·some; prank·ster; prank; prank·ish·ly; prank·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • Prank — Prank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pranked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pranking}.] [Cf. E. prink, also G. prangen, prunken, to shine, to make a show, Dan. prange, prunke, Sw. prunka, D. pronken.] To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prank — n Prank, caper, antic, monkeyshine, dido mean a playful, often a mischievous, act or trick. Prank carries the strongest implication of devilry of all these words, though there is little suggestion of malice and primary emphasis upon the practical …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Prank — Prank, v. i. To make ostentatious show. [1913 Webster] White houses prank where once were huts. M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prank — (n.) a trick, 1520s, 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 ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Prank — Prank, n. A gay or sportive action; a ludicrous, merry, or mischievous trick; a caper; a frolic. Spenser. [1913 Webster] The harpies . . . played their accustomed pranks. Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] His pranks have been too broad to bear with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prank — Prank, a. Full of gambols or tricks. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prank — [præŋk] n a trick, especially one which is played on someone to make them look silly ▪ a childish prank …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prank — [ præŋk ] noun count a silly trick that you play on someone to surprise them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prank — [n] practical joke; frivolity antic, caper, caprice, escapade, fancy, fooling, frolic, gag, gambol, high jinks*, horseplay*, hotfoot*, lark, levity, lightness, monkeyshines*, play, put on, rib*, rollick, roughhouse*, roughhousing*, rowdiness,… …   New thesaurus

  • prank — ► NOUN ▪ a practical joke or mischievous act. DERIVATIVES prankish adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

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