prank

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

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  • 2 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;… …

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  • 3 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 …

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  • 4 Prank — Prank, v. i. To make ostentatious show. [1913 Webster] White houses prank where once were huts. M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 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 ) …

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  • 6 prank|y — «PRANG kee», adjective, prank|i|er, prank|i|est. fond of pranks; prankish …

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  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 Prank — Prank, a. Full of gambols or tricks. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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

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  • 10 prank — [ præŋk ] noun count a silly trick that you play on someone to surprise them …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 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,… …

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

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  • 13 prank — prank1 [praŋk] n. [Early ModE < ? or akin ? to PRANK2] a mischievous trick or practical joke prankster n. prank2 [praŋk] vt. [Early ModE, prob. < LowG source, as in Du pronken, to make a show] to dress or adorn showily vi. to dress up or… …

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  • 14 Prank — A prank is defined as acting like a clown or buffoon or dressing showily , or alternatively, a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement [http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=prank WordNet Search 3.0 ] ] . Pranks can take the… …

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  • 15 prank — n. 1) to play a prank on smb. 2) a childish; foolish; innocent; mischievous; wanton prank * * * [præŋk] foolish innocent mischievous wanton prank a childish to play a prank on smb …

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  • 16 prank — UK [præŋk] / US noun [countable] Word forms prank : singular prank plural pranks a silly trick that you play on someone to surprise them …

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  • 17 prank — I [[t]præŋk[/t]] n. a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature • Etymology: 1520–30; orig. uncert. II prank [[t]præŋk[/t]] v. t. 1) to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner 2) to make an ostentatious show or display •… …

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  • 18 prank — 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 Hig …

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  • 19 prank — prank1 /prangk/, n. a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature. [1520 30; orig. uncert.] Syn. caper, escapade, antic, shenanigan. prank2 /prangk/, v.t. 1. to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner: They were all pranked out… …

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  • 20 prank — noun Prank is used before these nouns: ↑call …

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