prank (plural pranks)
- 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.
- (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.
- See also Thesaurus:joke
- French: farce, tour
- German: Streich, Schabernack
- Italian: burla, beffa, vigliaccata, scherzo meschino
- Portuguese: travessura, trote
- Russian: вы́ходка
- Spanish: travesura, broma, inocentada, jugarreta, chiquillada, gamberrada, jaimitada
prank (pranks, present participle pranking; past pranked, past participle pranked)
- (transitive) To perform a practical joke on; to trick.
- (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?
- (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:
- (intransitive) To make ostentatious show.
- White houses prank where once were huts.
- Spanish: embromar