Pronunciation Noun

prank (plural pranks)

  1. A practical joke or mischievous trick.
    He pulled a gruesome prank on his sister.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv]:
      His pranks have been too broad to bear with.
    • The harpies […] played their accustomed pranks.
  2. (obsolete) An evil deed; a malicious trick, an act of cruel deception.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Simples purging melancholy downeward”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition 2, section 4, member 2, subsection 2, page 311 ↗:
      Lilius Geraldus ſaith,that Hercules after all his mad prankes vpon his wife and children, was perfectly cured by a purge of Hellebor,which an Anticyrian adminiſtred vnto him.
Synonyms Translations Verb

prank (pranks, present participle pranking; past pranked, past participle pranked)

  1. (transitive) To perform a practical joke on; to trick.
  2. (transitive, slang) To call someone's phone and promptly hang up
    Hey man, prank me when you wanna get picked up.
    I don't have your number in my phone; can you prank me?
  3. (transitive) To adorn in a showy manner; to dress or equip ostentatiously.
    • In sumptuous tire she joyed herself to prank.
    • 1748, James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, B:II
      And there a Seaſon atween June and May,
      Half prankt with Spring, with Summer half imbrown'd,
      A liſtleſs Climate made, where, Sooth to ſay,
      No living Wight could work, ne cared even for Play.
    • 1880 Dante Gabriel Rosetti, For Spring, by Sandro Botticelli, lines 2–3
      Flora, wanton-eyed
      For birth, and with all flowrets prankt and pied:
  4. (intransitive) To make ostentatious show.
    • White houses prank where once were huts.
Translations Adjective


  1. (obsolete) Full of gambols or tricks.

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